You know what? New Yorkers don’t get enough credit for being actually helpful. While it’s true we are often very busy (or busy trying to look busy), we know what to do in an emergency. And that’s just what happened on Sunday when a group of New Yorkers banded together to lift an SUV off of a woman who had been hit.
25-year-old Veronika, who had just moved to New York from Germany, was crossing the street on the Lower East Side at the corner of Norfolk and Delancey when she was hit and pinned underneath an SUV.
Just now at Delancey and Norfolk in the Lower East Side an accident ran over a pedestrian trapping them under an SUV. Onlookers just lifted the SUV, dragging the victim out. pic.twitter.com/uq1IHcSJ9k
— help how do i change this (@colbydroscher) January 26, 2020
“I remember I was on the sidewalk, the car came, the car hit me. I was completely under the car,” Veronika told News 4. “Both legs were kind of stuck under one of the wheels.”
“I was conscious for the entire time. I remembered seeing my groceries were all over the floor,” Veronika said. “I think the car pulled me a couple of meters, and my legs were under the wheels as well, which was the problematic part.”
More than a dozen New Yorkers rushed to her aid. They surrounded the SUV and lifted the vehicle off Veronika, who managed to escape the accident without any broken bones.
“I’m extremely bruised and in a lot of pain but all of that will heal so that’s the good thing,” Veronika said. “I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped. I don’t know how I can ever pay that back, I’m really grateful for everyone that helped.”
the way they got her out and then went on their way is so New York
— sklapré (@sklapre) January 27, 2020
Me fellow New Yorkers 😍
— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) January 27, 2020
It’s just what New Yorkers do.