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Somehow no one was struck by the Kia, which hit plenty of objects as it barreled down the Palisade Avenue sidewalk in Englewood.
Somehow no one was struck by the Kia, which hit plenty of objects as it barreled down the Palisade Avenue sidewalk in Englewood. Photo Credit: Karen Calman Petrillo for DAILY VOICE

A 90-year-old man was behind the wheel of an SUV that barreled down Englewood’s main commercial drag at noontime Monday -- just missing several pedestrians, knocking over a parking meter, a planter and a public trash can -- before finally slamming into a utility pole.

Two city employees helped free the driver, who was bleeding from the head. They laid him on the sidewalk and kept him calm until emergency responders arrived, police said.

The 2016 Kia apparently was parked in an East Palisade Avenue stall before the driver hit the gas, sending it onto the north sidewalk, Deputy Police Chief Gregory Halstead said.

It continued down the street, breaking a storefront window and toppling a parking meter, planter, trash can and a store sign, before plowing into the light pole just before the railroad tracks, he said.

"It was terrifying," witness Karen Calman Petrillo said. "He barreled down that sidewalk at a rate of speed that was incredible. Had anyone been out on that sidewalk they would have been killed.

"He slammed into that pole with such speed. I never saw anything like that. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing."

Some of the damage done by the runaway Kia on West Palisade Avenue in Englewood.

“City employees Venton Miles and Cesar Naranjo helped pedestrians free the driver from the vehicle and kept him calm until the arrival of fire and police personnel,” said Halstead, the deputy chief.

The driver was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center after EMS treated him for the cut on his head, Halstead said.

An investigation was continuing.

The damage on West Palisade Avenue in Englewood included a broken store window.

PHOTOS ABOVE: Karen Calman Petrillo for DAILY VOICE / Below: DAILY VOICE photo

Somehow, no one was struck before the Kia struck a utility pole on Englewood's main commercial drag with a 90-year-old driver behind the wheel.

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