Harrowing video shows Pennsylvania woman pushing baby in stroller to safety as she's hit by drunk driver

Harrowing video shows Pennsylvania woman pushing baby in stroller to safety as she's hit by drunk driver
Drunk driver, Juan Luis Medina-Cruz, 57, struck the woman with his vehicle, throwing her several feet into the air, while he attempted to flee the scene (PAHomepage/YouTube Screengrab)

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SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA: A disturbing footage shows the moment a brave Pennsylvania woman pushes a baby stroller out of the way just seconds before being struck by a vehicle. The vehicle was allegedly being driven by a drunk driver who struck the woman sending her flying into the air before she hit the ground while the driver attempted to flee the scene. 

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The horrifying incident took place on October 27 around 3.40 pm near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and East Palm Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Miriam Palaguache was crossing the street with a baby in the stroller when Juan Medina-Cruz, 57, could be seen speeding through the intersection. The woman instantly used her reflex and pushed the baby out of the way within split seconds as she was struck by the car. Fortunately, the infant was left unharmed but Miriam Palaguache suffered grievous injury. Juan Medina-Cruz who was reportedly reeking of alcohol at the time of the incident is currently facing several charges including aggravated assault by a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and DUI, Daily Mail reported.

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The 57-year-old was driving a small sedan when he struck the pedestrian, throwing her several feet into the air. The video of the incident shows the man pulling over after hitting Miriam Palaguache before silently trying to flee. Witnesses who saw the ordeal told the detectives with the Scranton Police Department that they witnessed the horrifying incident play out and reported that the man even attempted to flee. Bystanders quickly intervened and were able to stop Juan Medina-Cruz and keep him at the scene until the police arrived, according to Daily Mail

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Upon arrival, an arresting officer located Juan Medina-Cruz and noted that he reportedly reeked of alcohol and was unable to stand on his own at the time of his arrest. Miriam Palaguache was rushed to the hospital after the crash and suffered a hip injury that will require surgery. Miriam Palaguache also suffered multiple abrasions to her face and wrist, as per a police report obtained by WBRE. Juan Medina-Cruz is currently facing several charges including aggravated assault by a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and DUI. Charges related to driving under the influence are pending at the time as investigators await the results of a blood alcohol test.

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