After Times Square Crash, Going the Extra Mile to Help a Victim’s Family

(NYT) Bewildered, Elaine Williams and a friend stood outside Penn Station in Manhattan, big city chaos zagging, confusion zigging, after an hourlong train journey from their small town in New Jersey. They still had to get to Ms. Williams’s daughter, Jessica. She lay crosstown in a hospital.

Hail a taxi? People seemed to just stick their hands in the air. So they tried. Cabs swept past. They started walking. A police van was parked on 34th Street.

Ms. Williams tapped on the glass.

“Excuse me, do you know how I can get to Bellevue?” she asked.

“Why do you want to go to Bellevue?” asked one of the officers, Sgt. Ryan DeRocco.

“My daughter was involved in the Times Square car accident,” she replied.

“Hop in,” he said.

Read more from The New York Times about how NYPD officers went above and beyond [HERE].