Child Runs Out into Traffic Saved by Off-Duty EMS
By David Greene
BRONX- An off duty EMS Tech getting her hair done at a salon did not think she would soon be saving her young neighbor’s life.
A child who broke away from his mother at a laundromat and darted out into traffic and was struck by an SUV– is only alive today because the driver wasn’t going very fast and a nearby off-duty Emergency Medical Technician (E.M.T.) sprang into action to give aid.
According to police, the unidentified 4-year-old boy was struck by a silver 2018 Mazda SUV at 12:39 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Witnesses reported the child running out of the Bailey Laundromat, located at 3010 Bailey Avenue, in the Marble Hill section, moments before the incident.
The unidentified 44-year-old driver was traveling northbound on Bailey Avenue, when the child darted out into the street and was struck. The driver and his female passenger remained at the scene.
One witness speaking through a translator, recalled, “The boy was with his mother and he just ran out of the laundromat.”
Before members of Engine 81 / Ladder 46 could respond from their headquarters on the opposite corner, off-duty Emergency Medical Technician “Rocio,” who declined to give her last name, was getting her hair done at Katalyn’s Beauty Salon two doors down, when she sprang into action.
Rocio said, “I was the one that helped them. Too be honest, I was in the salon doing my hair. All I heard was people screaming…. I just did what I had to do.”
EMS initially reported that the child was unconscious and was rushed to New York-Presbyterian’s Allen Hospital on Broadway, in serious condition.
Detailing the youngsters injuries, Rocio recalled, “He had a contusion in the back of his head, a small laceration in his mouth and a bruise on his eyebrow and his cheek.”
Rocio did not know that she and the child’s mother live in the same building. Rocio explained, “I’m always working, always moving around.”
Police held the scene and the driver for nearly four hours, a request was made for investigators of the NYPD’s Crash Investigation Squad (CIS), but they were eventually cancelled.
A police officer was on her cellphone and talking to the driver, when he was allowed to drive away at 4:17 p.m., and the crash was deemed an accident, with no summonses issued.
One police official stated, “The child suffered injuries to the left side of the face and head, and had pain to his left arm, back and chest.” The child is now expected to make a full recovery.