Shocking video shows hero deli owner free man trapped under crashed BMW

It’s the Manhattan deli where heroes are made.

A Washington Heights shop owner pulled an injured pedestrian out from beneath a car that just ran over him — preventing certain catastrophe Saturday morning when the driver reversed toward the victim moments after the daring rescue, according to an eyewitness and stunning surveillance footage obtained by The Post.

The drama unfolded at 7:11 a.m. outside the Avi Deli at West 157th Street and Amsterdam Avenue when the driver of a 2005 blue BMW slammed into the unidentified victim as he crossed the street.

“[The driver] made a sudden right turn on Amsterdam — he was doing 20-30 miles on a turn!” store owner Av Balawi said. “He strikes the guy, but there was a fire hydrant there and the car was stuck.”

The victim, who Balawi, 23, described as about 45 years old, was pinned under the car between the two tires by the driver’s side.

“I saw the guy under the car on the camera and that’s when I came right out to see what’s going on,” Balawi said. Fearing the driver might try to throw the car in reverse to get away — crushing the trapped man — Balawi took decisive action.”I had three seconds to think. He looked at me. I looked at him. He was bleeding. He wanted to talk, but he can’t. Something was telling me ‘pull him out!’ ‘pull him out.’

Meanwhile, Balawi heard the BMW’s engine revving.


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