STATEN ISLAND — An off-duty police officer accidentally struck and seriously injured a man who had just been beaten by two assailants near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal early Thursday, the NYPD said.
The 33-year-old victim was hit by the cop's vehicle just after 2:30 a.m. near the terminal, said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
He said the man, whose identity has not been released, had his pelvis and femur shattered in the beating and accident.
He was taken to Staten Island Hospital in serious condition, Kelly said at a news conference at One Police Plaza.
The details of the beating were sketchy, but Kelly said the victim "was causing a bit of a tumultuous situation inside the Ferry Terminal" before the accident.
The man, who cops believe is homeless, has has run-ins with the law before, Kelly said.
"He is known to the department," Kelly said. "He is someone who frequents the Ferry Terminal."
When he wandered out of the terminal after the commotion, was attacked by two men and then struck by the officer's vehicle, Kelly said.
The cop, whom Kelly did not name, called 911 after the accident. He was not criminally charged or issued any summonses.
No one has been arrested.