WINCHESTER, Mass. (WHDH) -
A 72-year-old man was called a hero Sunday after he and his adopted 4-year-old daughter were struck by an SUV in a Winchester crosswalk.
According to witnesses, the impact sent the little girl flying out of her stroller and injured the man, who suffered a fractured back, fractured arm and a broken leg, said family members. Both victims were transported to Mass. General Hospital.
The girl suffered a couple of bruises but is expected to be okay thanks to the man's quick thinking.
"My brother-in-law pushed the baby out of the way and he went up over the car and dog went under the car," said Trish Disilva, the victim's sister-in-law. "Just pushed the baby out of the way. She went flying out of the stroller but thank God, I mean, he's a hero."
The family dog was initially pronounced dead at the scene, but was able to survive.
"They really pronounced the dog dead...but we came home from the hospital four hours later and the vet was leaving us a message on our machine that the dog was doing great," Disilva said.
Police said that an 84-year-old woman was driving the SUV. It was unclear what caused the crash or if the driver was at fault.
Neighbors said that seeing a crash at the intersection is nothing new and that it's a danger zone.