A man lucky to be alive after being hit by a car wants to thank the Good Samaritans who helped save his life.
Edwin Gonzalez was walking from the New Haven courthouse to the green
Gonzalez said the sign showed he had seven seconds to go through the crosswalk, but one car didn’t wait, and blew through it.
“It happened one day after my 50th birthday,” Gonzalez said. “I have no recollection of the car actually hitting me. The only thing that I do recall is laying there.”
Witnesses said he flew in the air, flipped, and landed on his head.
When he woke up, a Good Samaritan was helping him recover.
“There was a gentlemen on his knees rubbing my back and giving me some sort of reassurance,” he said. “I remember that he told me to try not to move. We caught the driver.”
Gonzalez said two other heroes chased down the blue car that sat at a light down the road. The Good Samaritans grabbed the keys out of the ignition until police arrived.
“It was just a courageous act and my heart goes out them,” he said.
As for the driver, Gonzalez said he hopes she gets what she deserves.
“I just hope that whatever they cited her is enough to make her think that you can’t go around hitting people and taking off,” he said.
It’s been a long recovery for Gonzalez. He’s suffered a fractured rib, broken jaw, cheek bone, and the bones under his eye.
More than 50 stitches held his face together.
He hopes one day he can say thank you to his heroes. Those three who stepped up when no one asked them to.
“I just want to extend my gratitude to these people. I don’t know who they are. I wish I did,” Gonzalez said.
“I thank god for you. You were at the right place at the right time.”