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Update: Man Struck by Vehicle in Wantagh Freak Accident

Police: Husband accidentally run over by wife.

Scene of pedetrian accident in Wantagh Photo: Michael Ganci
Scene of pedetrian accident in Wantagh Photo: Michael Ganci
A man pushing his disabled minvan was badly injured when the vehicle suddenly went into drive, running him over Tuesday, Nassau County police said.

The incident happened at about 10:40 a.m. on Frieda Lane in Wantagh.

The 55-year-old victim was pushing the 2000 Toyota out of his driveway with his 47-year-old wife at the drivers seat, when it suddenly kicked into drive, cops said.

He ended up pinned underneath the Toyota and suffered a leg fracture, internal bleeding as well as several abrasions and contusions.

The victim was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital. Police said there was no apparent sign of criminality.


Mitch November 27, 2013 at 08:49 AM
Was it really necessary to waste the counties dollars by cranking up a Chopper ? I can't imagine his injuries were life-threatening and at that hour of the day traffic to the hospital being so unbearable that an ambulance ride wouldn't have done the trick.
Chris November 27, 2013 at 05:00 PM
If you were that poor guy under that car you would want first responders to get you to a hospital as fast as possible. They did the right thing.
Janice Acar November 27, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Internal bleeding sounds pretty serious to me
Mitch November 29, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Do you know how close St. Josephs Hospital, Nassau County Hospital and North Shore Plainview are to Frieda Lane ? They're all within a 10-12 minute drive from this location. Frieda Lane is JUST south of the Southern State off Wantagh Ave. in the section across from Duckpond Ball field. I have to believe it's a quicker ambulance ride to all three hospitals via road ambulance than to lift a chopper into the air, land it, load the patient, secure him then lift off, land again, etc. etc. Now I wasn't there but I'm sure the man was already in an ambulance to bring him to the chopper which likely did not land on the persons front lawn to pick him up- I'm just not convinced the chopper got him there any faster.
Chris November 30, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Not all hospital emergency rooms are the same. They are described in levels, such as a level 1 trauma unit etc. Each level is prepared to handle different forms of trauma. maybe the hospitals that were the closest were the ones that were not able to deal with the particular injuries that were sustained.

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