According to WPVI, Mayonna Joseph, 9, her sister Ariana Rivello, 10, and a group of friends were crossing a street in Southwest Philly on the evening of May 7 when an SUV plowed into them. Most of the kids escaped, but Ariana was knocked down - and Mayonna was dragged beneath the vehicle. At the 1:35 mark in the video above, the SUV can be seen lifting up as it strikes a parked vehicle and comes to a stop with its left wheel atop the girl.
"I was scared, and I almost blacked out," Ariana told WPVI. "I was trying to pick Mayonna up, just to lift her up, but then it was too late and the car came so fast it went over her."
In an instant, a crowd rushed the car and lifted it off the stricken girl. Among them was Malachi Thompson, who didn't know it was Mayonna under the car.
"We all helped, and we finally got it up," he said. "When I finally seen who it was, it was my little cousin. I didn't know what to do."
The girls were taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Amazingly, Ariana suffered just bumps, bruises, and a sore back. Mayonna, however, was in critical condition with injuries to her head and chest. "She was the bravest little girl," an aunt said, "but she's in a lot of pain."
Philadelphia police told WPVI that the driver who hit the girls, a 46-year-old woman, is cooperating with the investigation, and that a 5-year-old child riding with her was also injured.