On Thursday, Robert Pattinson was grazed by a taxi in downtown New York near the Strand Bookstore while filming his upcoming drama "Remember Me." The "Twilight" star was reportedly fleeing from hysterical fans at the time of the near-crash.
One bystander, Nicholas Berrios, told MTV News that he caught sight of the accident as he was walking near the accident's site at Broadway and 12th Street around lunchtime, saying he "heard a lot of commotion."
"I looked, and a lot of people were around this one guy," he recalled about the incident, adding that he didn't realize that guy was [artist id="330"]RPattz[/artist] until he got to work and was told that the actor had been hit by a car.
"I was like, 'Whoa!' " he said of his reaction when he found out the scene was all about Pattinson. "I could have totally gotten an autograph. ... I'm a pretty big fan of Robert Pattinson and 'Twilight.' It's funny, 'cause a lot of people don't have a visual of it. It was a pretty big scene [of girls and bodyguards]. The girls were loud and upset. I just wish I knew it was him!"
When MTV News contacted the Taxi and Limousine Commission in New York City about the incident, a spokesperson said they had no knowledge of the accident beyond media reports and also no knowledge whether an accident report had been filed. No one at the Commission had talked to the driver, nor did they know who the driver was. The NYPD press office told MTV News that an accident report had not been filed.