KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Knoxville man is recovering from an arm injury after rescuing a 6-year-old girl from being hit by a car.
Knoxville Police say Elijah Clark, 32, was helping several children cross Hall of Fame Drive to attend after-school activities at the Cal Johnson Recreation Center. Clark noticed a car quickly approaching the crosswalk, while children were still crossing the street.
The girl was in the direct path of the oncoming car, so Clark ran to her, picked her up and tossed her out of the way to keep her from getting hit. In the process, though, Clark was hit by the Ford Focus, driven by Evelyn Crawford, 87. Clark was taken to UT Medical Center to be treated. The girl wasn't injured.
Crawford was cited for Failure to Yield to Right of Way in a Marked Pedestrian Crossing.
Thursday night Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero released a statement commending Clark for his brave actions"
”This afternoon, a City of Knoxville employee showed a magnificent act of bravery when he rushed to save a 6-year-old girl as she crossed Hall of Fame Drive on her way to the Cal Johnson Recreation Center. Knoxville Police report that Elijah Clark, a Parks and Recreation employee, saw a car approaching the pedestrian crossing while the young girl was in the middle of the street. Elijah ran toward the girl, picked her up and tossed her to the bank, out of danger and unharmed. Elijah was hit by the car in the process. As mayor, I am always heartened by the dedication and commitment our employees show, but Elijah’s courage is exemplary. I have spoken with Elijah's sister, who is with him at the hospital, and asked her to convey to him my thanks and wishes for a quick recovery. I look forward to personally thanking him for his quick-thinking and unselfish actions.”