William DeMeo (the creator and actor of GRAVESEND) said that the crew and cast of TV’s TV series saved a teenage and their dog from a Brooklyn car accident Tuesday night.
DeMeo started the day as an ordinary workday.
The crew was shooting a scene in a video store recreated based on Brooklyn in the 80s. DeMeo had entered the store and was talking to someone who works in it. DeMeo recalled feeling thrilled because his mom appeared in the scene.
They heard an abrupt crash.
“We didn’t notice anything when we looked over the avenue. Because we did not see any crash, we were unable to make any mental note of the incident. We just heard it,” DeMeo says.
Based on early investigations by the New York Police Department, an 80-year-old driver had lost control of her vehicle and rear-ended a parked and unoccupied vehicle along with a 14-year-old kid walking his dog on the sidewalk.
Michele Frantzeskos was a producer at “Gravesend” and wandered out unaware of what had just happened. She heard the crash and grabbed her husband and wife out of their car. Then she heard the voice.
“Then, I heard the child scream, ‘Help me, please!’ and went underneath the car and saw the child there,” Frantzeskos recalls.
Frantzeskos grabbed DeMeo while he was on his way to the trailer, and then called for other crew members.
They quickly ran to assess and help.
The mother of the child was alarmed when she saw him under a car, his legs hanging out, screaming “My son!” “He’s just 14 years old, and he is under the car. DeMeo recollects.
The neighborhood and film crew joined hands to raise the car. This allowed the teen to escape from the car. As soon as the leash was let go, the dog of the teen, whom he was walking, was able to escape from the car.
The kid lay there bleeding on his head and was very weak. DeMeo explains that DeMeo attempted to speak to the child to calm him down and to make him feel at ease.
DeMeo learned that DeMeo’s teen had been able to recover despite his severe injuries.
“For this to happen right in the neighborhood in ‘Gravesend’ – it just goes to show like how the neighborhood and the community came together,” DeMeo says. It was quite amazing.
DeMeo felt compelled to share his childhood memories of Brooklyn.
DeMeo states, “I was raised in an area where everybody got along.” “Everyone knew every person on each block.”
DeMeo noted that Brooklyn has evolved over the years, but the incident uniting Brooklyn reminded him of “old-school Brooklyn”.
Paramedics also transported the 80-year-old female operator of the vehicle and her 85-year-old male passenger to NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn, the NYPD told USA TODAY.
The end result was miraculous, even though it was terrible. He’s alive and he’s OK. And we can’t wait to see him, have him come down to the film set,” Frantzeskos says.
The dog rescued from under the car is doing OK and didn’t sustain major injuries, according to Frantzeskos.
DeMeo also hopes this incident will reflect positively on the film industry, which has experienced negative coverage lately with Alec Baldwin’s accidental discharge of a prop gun, resulting in the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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Michelle Shen reports for USA TODAY. She can be reached at @michelle_shen10 via Twitter.