A 23-year-old who was hit this weekend by a driver caught on camera eating donuts next to crowds of bystanders in Manhattan is alive but undergoing multiple surgeries, his mother said.
Jacqueline Brito, 48, said her son Christopher will need surgery on two broken hips, his forehead and nose.
“It’s terrible,” she said. “His forehead is broken and his nose is broken too.”
She said he is undergoing reconstructive surgery on his face. He has already had surgery on both arms.
Brito was hit at noon on Saturday morning by a motorist who was spinning his car in circles on Vandam Street and Greenwich Street, dangerously close to other young men, police said.
The video shows a man getting close to the turning cherry red car to take photos or video. At that moment, her son seems to jump in and get hit.
EMS took him to Bellevue Hospital, where he was initially admitted in critical condition.
His mother said her son’s condition has improved since then.
“When I tell him to shake his head, he starts to shake ‘Yes’,” she said. “He can also move his finger.”
The driver, whose car had distinctive lettering on it, fled east on Vandam Street.
“His friend told me they don’t even know (the driver),” said Brito, who created a GoFundMe.com account for her son.
“They are looking for him,” she said, adding that police had told her the driver had a false license plate. “I don’t even know why they do things like that. They do that on the street.”
Police said they had not arrested the driver as of Monday afternoon.