A Bronx school safety agent is hospitalized with severe head trauma and other injuries after being hit by three cars, two of which left the scene after the accident Tuesday morning, according to a witness and police.
The 59-year-old safety agent assigned to Lehman High School was trying to cross the street at East Tremont and Tan Place around 6 a.m. when he was hit, apparently by multiple drivers.
Witness Robert Boer was driving by when he first heard a "thumping noise," and when he got out of his car, "I hear [another driver] screaming 'Oh, my God.' So I'm looking at my car and I say he didn't hit me."
The driver of the other car had pulled up next to Boer, "and as I'm looking, I heard boom-boom-boom-boom again, and I'm like, 'What is that noise?'"
That other driver, Boer said, was panicking.
"'Oh, my God, oh, my God,'" Boer recalled the other driver saying.
"I thought something was wrong with him, so I go over to his car and say, 'You OK?'" said Boer. "He said, 'I just hit this guy with my car and two more cars came over ran him over and get going."
Lishuana Small, a senior at the high school, heard the collision and then saw the security officer in the street.
"He was laying in the street, and he was a twisted mess," she said. "He was a mess, his leg, his arm, everything was bleeding. I thought he was taking his last breath and he tried to move, and we stopped him from moving."
Boer called 911 and redirected traffic. The sedan driver who initially hit the security officer stayed on the scene. Police don't know if the two other drivers knew they hit anyone.
"The car that hit him, he double-parked next to me, so they tried to go around him," said Boer. "And they both ran him over and kept going."
No arrest has been made.