These New Yorkers saved 2 girls who were pinned under an SUV
Two children pinned under an SUV that jumped a curb Thursday morning in Maspeth were saved by fast-acting New Yorkers who lifted the vehicle off of them.
The collision injured five children before the start of school at 7:50 a.m., when the 40-year-old driver barreled onto the sidewalk where the students were milling around. The driver had been attempting to park on Grand Avenue at 71st Street, a police spokeswoman said.
David Foubister rushed over to the scene shortly after leaving his home on the corner to walk his dog, Gucci.
"I heard 'thump, thump' and heard someone screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God," Foubister said in a phone interview.
He handed off his dog to a pedestrian and ran over with about 10 other people to lift the SUV in order to pull out two girls pinned underneath before EMS crews pulled up. Another student was lying on the sidewalk nearby bleeding, Foubister recalled.
"We had gotten the girls out maybe 20 seconds before they came," said Foubister, a 40-year-old driver with Teamsters Local 282.
The five I.S. 73 students -- one 12-year-old and four 13-year-olds -- were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to fire and education officials. The SUV's driverm who wasn't identified, stayed on scene and has not been charged. The NYPD is investigating the collision.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott went to the hospital and spoke with parents, as well as called the principal at I.S. 73, said Department of Education spokeswoman Marge Feinberg.
Foubister said he is no hero, only someone who was at the right place at the right time.
"I did what anybody else would have done, so did the other guys," said Foubister, who is expecting his first child. "But my heart goes out to these kids and I hope they're all right."