Good Samaritans Rescue 3 Pedestrians Trapped Under Car After They Were Run Over, Police Say

A car had run a red light and struck three pedestrians walking on a crosswalk.

August 19, 2016, 1:16 PM
PHOTO: A group of Good Samaritans rescued three people trapped under a car after they were run over on a crosswalk in Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 18, 2016, according to the Boston Police Department.
A group of Good Samaritans rescued three people trapped under a car after they were run over on a crosswalk in Boston, Massachusetts, Aug. 18, 2016, according to the Boston Police Department.
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— -- A group of good Samaritans recently helped rescue three people trapped underneath a car that had run them over in Boston, according to police.

The three victims had been walking on a crosswalk around noon on Thursday "when a silver Mercedes-Benz operated by Shantiqua Steele, 25, of Needham, ran the red light and struck them, partially trapping the victims beneath the vehicle," the Boston Police Department's Office of Media Relations told ABC News today in a statement.

Steele then exited the car and fled, according to police.

Meanwhile, a group of good Samaritans worked together and "lifted the car and dragged the victims to safety," police said.

The victims were found "lying in the street being tended to by several witnesses" when officers arrived to the scene, police said. The victims were later transported to nearby hospitals "for treatment of non-life threatening injuries," police added.

Witnesses helped police locate Needham inside a nearby building, and she was placed into custody, police said.

"During the investigation it was revealed that the suspect did not a have a driver’s license," police said.

Needham was issued several moving violations and was scheduled to appear in Boston Municipal Court today to be arraigned on charges of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, using a motor vehicle without authority and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in personal injury, police added.

It was not immediately clear if Neeham had obtained a lawyer, according to Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Wark told ABC News today that in the state of Massachusetts, a plea of not guilty is automatically entered for defendants prior to their arraignment.

A spokeswoman for the Boston Municipal Court told ABC News the arraignment scheduled for today was still pending and that information about its outcome would be available later.

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