BROOKLYN, NY – According to nydailynews.com, a truck driver struck and killed a man in Brooklyn on Wednesday morning at about 7 a.m. The driver, 54-year-old Gilbert Demello of Ohio was arrested and charged for “failure to yield and failure to exercise due care.”
According to reports, the large truck hit the victim as the man tried to cross the street in a crosswalk located at McDonald Avenue.
The truck was turning when it struck the victim and dragged the man for over 20 feet.
One witness stated that the victim attempted to cross the street and “beat the truck” but fell. The man’s legs were completely crushed. The victim was reported dead at the site of the pedestrian accident.
The victim’s name was not reported, but he was identified as a 71-year-old man.
Volunteer workers with the Jewish emergency response group Misakim were on the scene working to collect tissue and blood from the victim so that it could be buried with him in accordance with Jewish law.
Demello stayed at the scene of the accident but would not speak to reporters. The driver had been transporting bricks from Kings Material at the time of the fatal accident. Workers from Kings Materials were seen attempting to console Demello, who was then arrested.
Large vehicles like trucks have limited visibility. The blind spots for truck drivers can be massive making these vehicles dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists. It is important to be extremely careful in the presence of a truck. Pedestrians should remember that if they are near a truck and cannot see the driver in the mirrors, the driver cannot see them either. It is best to avoid situations where you are in a truck driver’s blind spot.
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