A man was hit by a car on 96th street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue around 7:20 p.m. on Friday night, a witness tells us. We have included his account below.
An FDNY spokesman said they got the call at 7:23 p.m. and transported the person to Mount Sinai Hospital, but didn’t have information on his condition. An NYPD spokesman told us Saturday morning: “We have nothing on that yet.”
“Tonight (Friday c. 7:20 pm) I was on the scene when yet another collision involving a pedestrian and vehicle occurred at the southeast intersection of 96th and Broadway (actually, just a little east of that, between Broadway and Amsterdam). The car, with NJ plates and driven by a middle-aged woman, was traveling east and struck an older man hard. I was about 20 feet away and heard a loud crunching sound and the screams of numerous pedestrians. Unfortunately, I only looked up once I heard the crash/crunch, so could not determine the car’s speed, nor whose right of way it was.The driver pulled over quickly to the side and looked to be in shock. The man lay on the ground and occasionally moved an arm, but was cautioned to stay still. I called 911 right away, as I’m sure did many others. However, the response was quite slow: first came a few police cars (after what felt like 5 minutes), then a fire truck, and at long last, the ambulance. A crowd of people stood around the victim as he was in the middle of the street, and they helped divert traffic and keep him still.I have yet to read in the news about the event, and so don’t know the fate of the pedestrian. But in a month of high alert from a seeming death-trap of an intersection, this comes as a shock, but sadly, not much of a surprise.”