The woman who was badly injured after being struck by a shopping cart pushed off a four-story parking garage in New York City said she feels sorry for the teens responsible — though she hasn't received a personal apology from either of them.
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Marion Hedges, 47, is still recovering from the November incident, which briefly put her into a coma and has left her blind in her left eye. Surveillance video obtained by The New York Post shows a pair of teen boys pushing a shopping cart over the parking garage railing. It traveled 50 feet straight down, landing on Hedges’ head. The Manhattan philanthropist, who had been visiting an East Harlem Target to buy Halloween candy for needy inner-city children, was with her 13-year-old son at the time of the attack.
The teens each pleaded guilty to assault and are currently in group homes, serving sentences ranging from six to 18 months. Neither has apologized to her directly, but one boy has said he is sorry for the pain and suffering he caused.
Despite the injuries that still require daily physical therapy, Hedges did not condemn them.
“I haven’t heard from them, but I wish them well because I feel very sorry for them,’’ Hedges said.
The video also shows a third teen, 14-year-old Achilles Baskin, trying to stop the boys as he pulled the cart back from the edge. Minutes later, the boy can be seen running away.
Hedges and her family are now suing the East River Plaza Mall for a lack of security.
Representatives for the shopping center would not comment on the litigation, but issued a statement saying, “Our prayers for a complete recovery remain with Mrs. Hedges and her family.’’Story: Woman fights for life after shopping cart attack
Damage to the optic nerve in Hedges’ left eye has left her unable to see out of it. She said that has affected her ability to walk.
“I’m going to doctor’s therapy and I just hope that I feel better and get better soon,’’ she said. “It’s been a long haul. I’m only focusing on recovery, and we’re focusing on other young boys that need help, but I really can’t help those young men.’’
Hedges also worries about her 13-year-old son, who witnessed the brutal incident.
“The video shows my son being so brave, but I don't want him to hear the screaming and the trauma," Hedges said.
While Hedges expressed compassion for her attackers, her father-in-law, Michael Hedges Sr., was not as sympathetic.
“They should be hung by their toenails,’’ he told NBC New York.
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