Four people in Manhattan yesterday saved a life and gained a story they’ll likely tell for the rest of their lives when they helped lift a Honda Civic off of a little boy stuck underneath. Jaden Torres, either 9- or 10-years-old depending on who you believe, was playing in Harlem’s Grant Houses at around 7:30 p.m. when he ran across the street and was hit by a taxi, the impact of which jammed him under the bumper of a parked car. “He had a pulse,” said a pediatrician who helped Torres at the scene, “but he was completely unresponsive.” Then a group of strangers went into hero mode. “I wanted to talk to him just so he knew someone was there,” said one woman who stood by as the car was lifted. Torress was sent to Harlem Hospital in stable condition.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 7, 2011