An eight-month-old baby trapped under a car was saved by her teenage-mother after they were both struck by a New York City cab near Westchester Avenue in the Bronx's Longwood neighborhood.
Alondra Gervacio, the 17-year-old mother of Perla, told WABC that they were on their way to her high school in the Bronx when she noticed that a cab that had jumped the curb and was coming toward them.
"I was putting her in the stroller and when I lifted my head up I saw the car coming. I'm like 'Oh my God.' I tried to push her on the side but I couldn't," Gervacio told WABC.
The driver of the cab, 50, apparently suffered a heart attack, leading him to jump the curb. He lost control of the cab somewhere on Prospect Avenue in Longwood, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the New York Daily News reported.
Footage obtained from surveillance cameras showed that despite being hit by the cab, Gervacio rushed to her daughter’s aid and was seen trying to get her daughter from under the cab.
Gervacio told WABC that she felt no pain and her immediate concern was for her baby. The mother and daughter, who suffered minor injuries, were rushed to Lincoln Hospital by emergency workers.
"They took x-rays all over and of her head. But she's all OK. She just has scratches on her head and on her hand. And that's it," Gervacio said.