Two children are in critical condition but still alive thanks to the actions of a Good Samaritan.
On Sunday, 2-year-old Bentzion Pashkus, his 7-year-old sister Sury Pashkus and their mother were on the corner of Cushman and River Avenue (Rt.9) in Lakewood, NJ. As they began to cross the roadway, police say a 20-year-old Lakewood woman was driving a 2012 Honda Accord and made a right hand turn while looking left at southbound traffic.
Police say the woman did not see the two children and began to run over them with her vehicle. The stroller Bentzion was riding in went under the front passenger side tire as the children became pinned underneath the car, according to investigators. The woman told police she didn't know she hit anyone until she heard the children scream. She stopped the car immediately but by then the children were already trapped, according to investigators.
Before emergency crews arrived at the scene, police say an unknown Good Samaritan went into the trunk of the Accord and took out a jack, raising the car and freeing the children. Medical officials say the action saved Bentzion's life.
The two children were taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. Bentzion suffered a lacerated liver, facial injuries and fluid around the heart. He's in critical but stable condition. Sury suffered several arm and chest contusions and a punctured lung. She is in critical but stable condition.
The woman was issued a summons for careless driving. The Good Samaritan has not yet been identified.