Police: Car that hit Ohio crowd had been parked

June 19, 2012
Emergency personnel survey the scene of an accident in Lima’s Town Square on Friday, June 15, 2012 in Lima, Ohio. A 63-year-old woman drove her car into the crowded town square and struck bystanders, sending some through the air and injuring about 30 people, some of whom were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it, authorities and witnesses said. No one was killed, but some victims suffered serious injuries to their legs, heads and necks, police said.   (AP Photo/The Lima News, Craig J. Orosz) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Emergency personnel survey the scene of an accident in Lima’s Town Square on Friday, June 15, 2012 in Lima, Ohio. A 63-year-old woman drove her car into the crowded town square and struck bystanders, sending some through the air and injuring about 30 people, some of whom were pinned under the car and freed when bystanders lifted it, authorities and witnesses said. No one was killed, but some victims suffered serious injuries to their legs, heads and necks, police said. (AP Photo/The Lima News, Craig J. Orosz) MANDATORY CREDIT

LIMA, Ohio (AP) — A man who got trapped under a car when it plowed into a crowded street festival said the bystanders who lifted the vehicle off him might have saved his right leg from being amputated.

Demetrius Thompson is one of two people who remained hospitalized this week after police said a 63-year-old woman drove into the crowd Friday night, injuring more than two dozen.

"I just want everyone to know I'm OK," he told The Lima News (http://bit.ly/LbGf4d ). He said the people who lifted the car off him were heroes.

Thompson said doctors reconstructed his leg, which was badly broken. His foot also was mangled in the accident.

Investigators were still looking into what caused the accident and have not filed charges.

More than 1,000 people had gathered for a weekly community event featuring live music when witnesses say the woman plowed her car through a group of people trying to get their last round of beer for the night at the downtown festival, about 80 miles south of Toledo.

It appears the car had been stopped in a diagonal parking space before it accelerated, said police Sgt. Nick Hart. Police have said it appears the woman, whose name has not been released, unintentionally drove into the crowd.

The car went about 50 feet at about 20 mph before striking an old sculpture in the town square, witnesses and police said.

Hospitals said 27 people were treated that night.

About 30 witnesses have come forward. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

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Information from: The Lima News, http://www.limanews.com