QUEENS, New York, N.Y. — New York Police accident investigators reported that a man died after he was crushed between two trucks. The man’s death was the first pedestrian death, officially, in New York City since March 15, 2020, according to Streets Blog NYC. The investigating officers from NYPD reported that the man was caught between two rental trucks when one of them started going into reverse. The trucks were parked on Metropolitan Avenue, on the block between 124th and 125th Street in the Jamaica section of Queens. The man was crushed when the truck that moved pinned his body against the stationary truck. Police say that the 49-year-old man was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center but did not survive. Doctors said that man sustained massive trauma across his entire body.
NYPD investigators are still looking into the fatal pedestrian accident that happened around 5:00 a.m. The police have not charged the driver who backed the truck up into the unlucky pedestrian. The preliminary findings of the police investigators suggest that the man’s death was purely accidental.
The pedestrian who was crushed between the two trucks was the 29th pedestrian killed in New York City in 2020. The number is historically low. New York City went 58 days without a pedestrian fatality in 2020, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced businesses to close and workers to stay home. The 58-day run was the most extended period with a pedestrian death in New York City since the government began maintaining statistics in 1983.
A fatal crash in Queens that happened in April of 2020 remains under investigation by police. In that case, the pedestrian was run down near Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The driver of the suspect car fled, and police described the incident as a hit-and-run. Now, police have changed their investigation from a car accident to intentional homicide. The driver allegedly drove at the victim, missed the target, but reversed over the 29-year-old man. That case remains open.
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