A 47-year-old man struck by a box truck while crossing an Upper East Side street has died, police announced Friday morning. The man, who still has not yet been identified, succumbed to his injuries earlier this week.
It was just before 6:00 am when police say the driver of a Baldor Foods delivery truck was heading southbound on Second Avenue at East 82nd Street when he struck the pedestrian crossing the street from west to east, knocking the man into the roadway.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found the victim lying on the road with trauma to his head. Paramedics responded to a report of a pedestrian struck, in cardiac arrest, and rushed the patient to Weill Cornell Medical Center, FDNY officials told Upper East Site that day.
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More than an hour after the crash, paramedics discarded rubber gloves, and the victim’s fedora remained on the street in front of the box truck parked in the center lane of Second Avenue.
Police say that the 47-year-old man, whose name will not be released until authorities notify his family, died Tuesday, May 9th.
The 57-year-old truck driver remained on the scene, and police say the deadly collision is still under investigation.
A different Baldor Foods truck killed two men on Christmas Eve 2021 when the driver lost control, mounted the curb and mowed down a pedestrian and bicycle delivery worker. That tragedy prompted New York City Council Member Julie Menin, representing the Upper East Side, to push the Department of Transportation to review and improve conditions at dozens of dangerous Upper East Side intersections.
Second Avenue and East 82nd Street, the site of the deadly collision on April 29th, was not among those scrutinized despite being the site of 17 wrecks in the last decade.
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In addition to the 47-year-old man killed crossing the street, four pedestrians, eight cyclists and five drivers were injured, according to a review of NYC crash reporting data reviewed by Upper East Site.
Baldor Foods tells Upper East Site it is “cooperating with local authorities in this incident and cannot comment any further at this time other than to say our thoughts are with all parties.”
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