Over the course of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend, a mother from St. George, Staten Island, was arriving home from a family trip to an amusement park with her five children when something terrible happened.
Monique Knight, aged 37, just drove back from Adventure Land and was looking forward to spending the rest of her day with her family.
She was struck by a vehicle that raced down the street when she was trying to get her 4-year old nephew out of an SUV. There is new a police search of a hit and run driver.
Knight, luckily, had the precence of mind to immediately drop her nephew back into his seat when she heard the vehicle come barraging down the street.
Her instinct is what kept him safe when she was ultimately struck.
This mother of three was hospitalized in serious condition, but none of the children were hurt in the incident.
Hours after the crash, family said Knight was undergoing surgery and they were fearful she may lose a leg. The hit-and-run vehicle fled the scene, police say. It is described as a brown van or SUV, according to family members, who believe its license plate fell off during the incident and was recovered by investigators. The SUV that Knight was recovering the child from has a badly dented and busted back door, and at least one deflated tire due to the crash, images of scene show.