There is blood on the street in Park Slope.
The victim of a hit and run is fighting for her life after a driver struck her as she was crossing Fourth Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, cops said. Witnesses of the collision described her injuries as severe.
“She was bleeding from the ears and vomiting blood,” said Levi Liberow, of Crown Heights, adding that the motorist barreled through a red light. “She was totally unconscious.”
Paramedics responded to a call at 12:39 pm on Wednesday afternoon and transported the woman to Lutheran Medical Center in serious condition, a Fire Department spokesman said. A police spokesman said the woman is now critical condition.
Liberow and his wife, both volunteer emergency medical technicians, were driving toward Third Avenue on Union Street and about to cross Fourth Avenue with the light when the collision occurred. The couple helped stabilize the woman as they awaited paramedics, clearing her airway and making sure she had a pulse, Liberow said.
Security footage shot from a nearby business shows the woman standing on the corner, waiting for the light to change before she crossed Fourth Avenue. But after she has taken about five steps into the road, making it about halfway to the median, the driver of a blue sedan, which cops identified as a Hyundai Elantra, plows into her.
“She definitely had the light,” said Liberow. “The car slowed down for an instant, but then drove away.”
Onlookers gathered at the scene of the crash on Wednesday afternoon. Blood pooled on the street next to a pile of change, about 20 feet from the crosswalk where the woman was hit. Liberow said the collision sent the woman flying, and that she landed first on the blue sedan’s windshield before finally falling to the ground.
The owner of a nearby restaurant said the intersection of is constantly chaotic, with cars regularly speeding up in order to avoid being caught in a red light.
“It’s a total mess,” said Nico Daniele, who since opening Bella Gioia in April said he has seen at numerous crashes in the intersection. “People just show a total disregard for human life.”
A Windsor Terrace woman whose son goes to nearby PS 133 echoed his complaint, describing her crossing Union Street with her son as a daily ordeal.
“When I saw that, it’s just my worst nightmare,” said Kim Jawanda, gesturing toward the police tape and bloody pavement. “People just come whipping around, and they don’t even stop.”