The 19-year-old son of a Manhattan philanthropist who was nearly killed by a shopping car thrown from a mall overpass broke down on the witness stand as he recalled trying to save his bloodied mom.
“It knocked her over and I didn’t really know what was happening,” recounted Dayton Hedges, who was speaking publicly for the first time about the 2011 incident in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday.
“I went to pick her up and she was just covered in blood,” he said, his voice quavering.
Dayton, who was just 13 at the time, told the jury about the accident’s aftermath. “I’ve been very scared,” the NYU freshman admitted, choking back tears.
“For awhile and still occasionally I would have nightmares and trouble sleeping,” he said. He detailed one particularly harrowing dream.
“I’d be at school and I’d be walking down the stairs with my friends and then the staircase would just collapse on me,” he said through tears.
He also regrets he wasn’t able to protect his mom Marion Hedges, a former Junior League member and real estate broker.
“I think about whether there was something I could do. I don’t want to say I wish it was me, but I wish it wasn’t her. I wish it happened to nobody,” he said, blowing his nose with a tissue.
Dayton was at the East River Plaza shopping center buying Halloween candy for poor kids with his mom when two unruly teens pushed a Target cart over an eighth-story walkway. They pleaded guilty in 2012 and served time in juvenile facilities.
Marion, her husband Michael and their son are suing the mall and its security company for unspecified damages. They previously settled with Target for an undisclosed amount.
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