KIPS BAY — A pedestrian suffered serious head injuries when an SUV hit her on Third Avenue Monday afternoon, officials and witnesses said.
The woman, whose name and age weren't immediately released, was struck on the avenue near East 30th Street shortly after noon, an FDNY spokesman said.
"She was on the ground. She was on her left side," said Candace Victoria, 32, a barista from a nearby cafe.
"Her arm was bleeding. She was very frightened. She was upset and awake, but she wasn't saying much," she added.
A crowd quickly gathered around the victim, trying to calm her while calling authorities, witnesses said.
"Everyone was telling her not to move. Police came, then fire trucks and an ambulance," Victoria added. "They put her in a neck brace. They put her on a board and then a stretcher and took her away."
She was listed in serious condition at Bellevue Hospital with injuries to her head, officials said.
The driver stayed at the scene, calling people and talking to others at the scene, witnesses said.
"She was saying, 'I hit a woman. I couldn't see her. ... I didn't see her. She was so small,'" Victoria added.
An NYPD spokesman didn't immediately have more information.