NORWALK, Conn. – A Norwalk pedestrian was run over by a World War II veteran Monday afternoon and pinned under the vehicle, across the street from St. Paul’s Church on the Green. The victim, who appeared to be in his 30s, was taken to Norwalk Hospital with serious head injuries, Deputy Fire Chief Ed Prescott said. Prescott did not think the injuries were life threatening.
The victim escaped more serious injuries as he was not actually run over by a tire, Prescott said. He head was inches from the rear tire when the vehicle stopped. He was talking to firefighters as they worked to free him, Prescott said.
The accident at 55 East Ave. was reported just before 2 p.m., Prescott said. A GMC Safari driven by a 92-year-old man hit the victim, who was on the sidewalk, Prescott said. The victim was struck by the front of the van and thrown under the vehicle. He suffered head lacerations as the undercarriage went over him.
Firefighters extricated the victim. The scene was under control within 20 minutes, Prescott said.
The right side of the van was on the lawn and the left side was on the sidewalk. Prescott said the angle of the vehicle helped the victim escape more serious injury, as the vehicle was up higher than it might have been.
People at the scene said they knew the driver from church. He has talked about being in the D-Day invasion.
A witness said he had seen the driver about a half an hour earlier, driving erratically. He was stopped on East Avenue, the witness said.