Woman nearly killed in hurled shopping cart ‘prank’ pities teen assailants
posted at 1:54 pm on March 20, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
A Manhattan mother who was nearly killed last Halloween by a shopping cart hurled from above by “bored teens” has broken her silence, the New York Post reports. Blind in one eye and hobbled by other physical challenges, 47-year-old Marion Hedges spoke to the press about her life-threatening ordeal.
In addition, footage from security cameras on the afternoon of the assault has been released for the first time. Together, the clips show the young perps grabbing a shopping cart from a Target store, launching it from a walkway four stories above an East Harlem mall parking garage, and the commotion that ensued. Hedges was there to buy candy to hand out to needy children.
In her statement Hedges commended 14-year-old Achilles Baskin, who tried to dissuade his companions from going forward with the “prank,” calling him “brave.” When asked whether she had received an apology from the two boys who critically injured her she said, “I haven’t heard from them, but I wish them well,” adding:
I feel very sorry for them. I don’t know that my son would do something like that or that his friends would do something like that. But there were a lot of things in [the two boys’] lives to bring them to that. A shopping mall is not a place for kids to hang out.
Baskin, the teen who intervened, told The Post that he has been hassled by “neighborhood thugs” for “snitching” on the two boys responsible for the crime, Jeovanni Rosario, 13, and Raymond Hernandez, 12.
The pair pleaded guilty to assault. Rosario is now serving six to 18 months in a nonsecure facility in Westchester, and Hernandez is doing six to 16 months in a therapeutic group home.
As for Marion Hedges, relatives report that she has a long way to go in her recovery.
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