By Suzanne Ma
MANHATTAN — Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was a little late when he showed up for mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral Wednesday morning.
But he had a really good excuse.
Kelly was on his way to church at about 8:30 a.m. when he saw a bloodied, unconscious woman lying on an Upper East Side crosswalk, a police spokeswoman told DNAinfo.
The 55-year-old woman was apparently walking on Fifth Avenue, near 84th Street, when she was struck by a cyclist, a 24-year-old man, a police spokeswoman said.
Kelly stopped his car and got out to help.
He applied pressure to a wound on the woman’s head with a scarf while his driver called for an ambulance, police said.
The woman was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center with a fractured skull.
The cyclist, who had stayed at the scene after the accident, was given a summons for "improper brakes, no reflectors and no light," according to police.
After paramedics arrived, Kelly continued on his way to church. Later in the day, the Good Samaritan was the grand marshal at the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.