Calls for change after deadly moped crash/Upper East Site
Calls for change after deadly moped crash/Upper East Site

Calls for Delivery Truck Changes After Deadly Moped Crash on the Upper East Side

MANHATTAN – A makeshift memorial now sits on the sidewalk along First Avenue not far from the spot where 31-year-old Salvador Navarette-Flores lost his life Monday night when his moped slammed into the back of an illegally double parked FreshDirect truck at the corner of East 76th Street. 

EARLIER COVERAGE | Man Dead After Crashing Moped into Parked Truck on the UES

Several bouquets of white flowers, candles and cans of Modelo beer are set out on the concrete in tribute of Navarette-Flores, who worked as a food delivery man and lived in the Bronx. Some of the 31-year-old’s possessions are fashioned into the makeshift memorial— including a Just Salad hat and a single glove left behind after the crash.

Memorial for Deliverista killed in moped crash/Upper East Site
Memorial for Deliverista killed in moped crash/Upper East Site

Last night, dozens of ‘Deliveristas,’ as they’re known, stopped by crash scene Monday night, to pay their respects to their fallen brother. Navaratte-Flores was a member of the delivery workers collective Los Deliveristas Unidios, according to Transportation Alternatives, a street safety advocacy group

Deliveristas gather at the scene of the deadly crash/Upper East Site
Deliveristas gather at the scene of the deadly crash/Upper East Site

“We stand with Los Deliveristas Unidos in the fight for safe streets for all, including our city’s essential delivery workers,” Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Danny Harris told Upper East Site.

Contact [email protected] | Subscribe

“With more and more deliveries taking place across New York City, we need the City to fast track dedicated loading zones… to ensure that delivery operators stop turning our sidewalks, bike lanes, bus lanes, and car lanes into parking and delivery hubs.”

The wrecked moped remains on the scene of the deadly crash/Upper East Site
The wrecked moped remains on the scene of the deadly crash/Upper East Site

At the scene today, a different FreshDirect truck could be seen illegally double-parked in the exact same location where Navarette-Flores slammed his moped into a different FreshDirect truck around 5:10 pm Monday evening.  

ALSO READ | One Person Dead, Another Injured in Separate Subway Accidents on the UES

Neighbors tell Upper East Site a double-parked FreshDirect truck at that location has become a fixture— parked there day after day— becoming less like a delivery truck and more like a food storage warehouse and distribution center each day as it blocks traffic on First Avenue. 

FreshDirect truck illegally parked in the same place on Tuesday/Upper East Site
FreshDirect truck illegally parked in the same place on Tuesday/Upper East Site

A deeper dive shows that FreshDirect uses this location on First Avenue and East 76th Street as an illegal loading zone so much, it appears on Google Street View year after year, going back to May 2019— though that year, the truck was spotted using an actual parking space rather than illegally parking. 

FreshDirect truck illegally parked in same location more than year ago in October 2020/Google
FreshDirect truck illegally parked in same location more than year ago in October 2020/Google

FreshDirect tells Upper East Site it is “deeply saddened about this tragic accident,” adding that “FreshDirect wishes to extend its sincerest condolences to the family. We are unable to comment further as there is an active police investigation underway, and we are fully cooperating with the local authorities.” 

For updates around the clock, follow us on InstagramTwitter and Facebook

The 92nd Street Y is expanding kids' programming into 180 East 88th Street/Upper East Site

92nd Street Y Expands Kids’ Programming into UES Luxury Tower

Best Live Music spots on the UES/Tim Mossholder, Unsplash

Best Spots for Live Music on the Upper East Side