Driver thought pedestrian in road was trash bag, police say

HYANNIS, Mass. — The Hyannis man who was hit by a car Saturday morning is expected to survive.

Barnstable Police were called to Sea Street in Hyannis around 3:40 a.m. Saturday for a pedestrian accident.

Responding officers found 26-year-old Newman Galati lying in the road with extensive injuries.

The driver told police he was on Seabrook Road, approaching the intersection of Sea Street, when he saw something in the roadway that he thought was a trash bag. He drove over it and said it felt like he hit snow or ice. The driver pulled onto Sea Street and noticed his car was traveling awkwardly so he pulled over.

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That's when the driver discovered he had hit Galati - who was now under the car. The driver backed the vehicle off Galati and called police.

Galati was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with severe trauma before being flown to Tufts University Medical Center. Galati was then taken to a third medical facility where he is listed in critical, but stable condition. Police say he is expected to recover.

The accident is currently under investigation.

No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.