NYC woman CRUSHED between 2 parked cars in front of daughter after hit by stolen truck
The truck driver hit the woman after she attempted to stop him from fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run crash
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY: A Queens woman, Florence Ngwu, 49, was crushed between parked cars on Sunday, May 8, as she tried to stop an out-of-control stolen truck. The 49-year-old woman, who crossed between two parked cars in an effort to prevent the hit-skip driving from fleeing, was trapped as the truck struck a silver car from behind, ramming it into her. Two other pedestrians, including the victim's younger daughter fell to the ground. The driver of a Ford F-550 truck struck the victim at 8.33am after attempting a u-turn at 167th Street and 120th Avenue in the South Jamaica neighborhood.
The mother, who works as a nurse, remained unconscious on the ground between the cars as neighbors rushed to call 911, the video shows. Ngwu, who is identified by relatives, was in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital and not expected to survive, according to the family. Nnenna B, 29, niece of the victim, said “The doctors are basically saying they don’t want to give us false hope."
She continued, "They came to my uncle and said it’s up to him what he wants to happen now because we saw what she looked like and we could see for ourselves that things are looking terrible. He told the doctor to please keep fighting. My aunt is a very strong woman. She’s a strong lady, strong-willed and strong-hearted person. He said please keep fighting for her until she gives up herself.” Nnenna said doctors have struggled to stop the bleeding, and that some blood vessels “are completely damaged beyond repair," she told The New York Post.
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The truck had been reported stolen about two hours before the incident and was later found by police about one-and-a-half miles away from the accident site, near 164th Place and 108th Drive. However, the driver was nowhere to be found.
Traffic violence is becoming an epidemic in New York City, which has reported a more than 41 percent increase in overall crime so far this year. So far this year, the Big Apple has seen 7,634 felony assaults, a nearly 20 percent increase from last year, 470 shooting victims, a 4.4 percent increase, 509 rapes, a 10.7 spike, and 4,844 robberies, a rise of nearly 45 percent.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former cop, has vowed to get crime in city under control and decrease bloodshed, one of the key points of his mayoral campaign. However, critics of the new mayor have questioned his priorities, noting he has been regularly seen galavanting through his social circled during his first months in office. Adams was wearing a tuxedo on which 'End gun violence' was written along with a drawing of a handgun encircled in a 'no' symbol on the red carpet at Met Gala 2022. Online users were not impressed by the message delivered as people could see the increase in crime rates visibly.