Islanders' Witt Hit by Truck in Philly

Brendan Witt to play tonight, despite accident

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    Brendan Witt #32 of the New York Islanders shows the effect of a fight with Patrick Kaleta #36 of the Buffalo Sabres on October 13, 2008 at the Nassau Coliseum

    Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt was hit by a gold GMC Yukon truck making illegal left turn in Philadelphia on Tuesday, reports Newsday.

    But Witt picked himself up, dusted himself off, shouted profanities at the driver, and then reassured witnesses that he was all right.

    “It was like seeing Clint Eastwood, but in hockey,” one witness told Newsday.

    The hockey player was crossing the street to get a cup of coffee at a Starbucks at 16th and Arch Streets in the City of Brotherly Love when the accident happened. Witt reportedly tried to jump on the roof of the SUV before being thrown to the ground. The 6'2, 219-pound hockey player downplayed the event.

    "I'm OK," Witt said, according to Newsday. "I've got to go play some hockey. I'm a hockey player. I'm OK. No big deal."

    Witt didn't file an accident report and is still scheduled to play at the Wachovia Center against the Flyers tonight.

    "I just got lucky," Witt said. "Fortunately nothing bad happened. I'm just a little sore."

    Witt was at the Islanders’ morning skate soon after the accident.