Car Jumps Curb in Front of Saks Fifth Avenue, Hits Pedestrian

By Ida Siegal
|  Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013  |  Updated 2:46 PM EDT
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An SUV jumped the curb in front of Saks Fifth Avenue Tuesday, striking a pedestrian in front of the store.

An SUV jumped the curb in front of Saks Fifth Avenue Tuesday, striking a pedestrian in front of the store.

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An SUV lost control and jumped the curb onto a crowded sidewalk in front of Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan Tuesday morning, injuring at least one pedestrian, witnesses and authorities said.

The injured man, who was wearing a dark suit, was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

The SUV was traveling southbound on Fifth Avenue when it tried to change lanes, but clipped a pita bread delivery truck and lost control, according to a passenger in the truck.

The passenger, Dennis Halaby, told NBC 4 New York that the truck was able to stop but the SUV appeared to accelerate, instead of brake, after it hit the truck.

Halaby said the sidewalk was crowded and that most people managed to scatter as the SUV flew up onto the sidewalk. 

The man who was run down, however, couldn't get out of the way fast enough, a witness said.

 

He "got really hit, right into the chest area and was pinned up against the Saks building," the witness told NBC 4 New York.

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