Man loses leg in Eighth Avenue crash

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A wayward livery cab driver sparked a bloody car accident on Saturday that left three people hospitalized — one with a mangled leg — at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 11th Street.

Witnesses to the 11 am horror show said the livery sedan was zipping up Eighth Avenue when the driver apparently lost control of the wheel.

The cab clipped 75-year-old Fred Guitterez as he crossed the street — leaving the senior with a graze wound — and then slammed into a Volkswagen Beetle parked at the corner.

The impact sent both the livery cab and the celebrated German people’s car onto the sidewalk, where they struck three more men sitting in front of Junior’s Deli before coming to a full stop.

An FDNY spokesman said that the three men were sent to Bellevue Hospital, Lutheran Medical Center and Kings County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Yet according to accounts at the scene, at least one of the victims lost his leg when he was briefly pinned between the two colliding vehicles.

“I could see the bone coming out his leg,” Guitterez told reporters. “He was just screaming in a pool of blood until help came.”

The livery cab driver remained at the scene and wasn’t facing any criminal charges by late Monday.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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