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Good Samaritans lift car off of little girl
NEW YORK (WABC) -- A little girl is recovering after being hit and pinned under a car, thanks to some Good Samaritans who lifted it off of her.
A bumper remained in the street from one of the cars involved in a crash that almost took the life of two pedestrians, including a 9-year-old girl riding a scooter.
She was hurt, but her condition might have been worse had it not been for some Good Samaritans.
"Her legs were tangled. The right one was on the left and the left was on the right," said Russell Green, a Good Samaritan.
She was with her mom, just riding her scooter on the sidewalk when police say a car struck by an impaired driver barreled towards her.
Construction worker Russell Green who struggled to tell Eyewitness News what happened was the first one to notice the girl underneath the car.
"I didn't see the little girl. She tapped on my legs. She was so calm, 'Can you get this car off me, please?' She was covered from her waist down," Green said.
So Green called for help, and help immediately came from eight bystanders.
"We said we're lifting this car we've got to get this car from under this car," said Michael Ward, a Good Samaritan.
"I was like one, two three, and huh, we lifted it up," said Ronald Kittles, a Good Samaritan.
"The first time we couldn't get it up. The second time we got it up, and I think God gave us the strength to lift that car," said Keith Anderson, a Good Samaritan.
Using all their strength, the men lifted the Honda as the 9-year-old's mother pulled her daughter to safety.
The young girl, Tawaiian Holmes, fractured both her legs, but is in stable condition at Brookdale Hospital.
Her mother met and thanked some of the Good Samaritans Thursday at the spot where the crash happened.
"She's coherent. There's no head trauma. She is awesome," said E-Zara Paul, the victim's mother.
As for Russell Green, the man who first came to the 9-year-old's rescue, he says he feels guilty he didn't do more.
"I should have been a bit, a little bit, more strong," Green said.
A 46-year-old pedestrian also suffered non-life threatening injuries in this crash.
As for the 50-year-old driver who caused the wreck, cops are charging him with DWAI, reckless driving and refusing to take a breathalyzer.
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