MANHATTAN – An NYPD Traffic Agent was laid down on a gurney, loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital after being struck by a minivan on the Upper East Side Wednesday afternoon, a witness told Upper East Site. Hit with so much force, both of the man’s legs may be broken and so was the vehicle’s driver side mirror.
The scene unfolded on a bustling stretch of Lexington Avenue near East 68th Street— a block north of the NYPD’s 19th Precinct Station House— just after 12:30 pm, police confirm to Upper East Site, when a dark blue Honda Odyssey minivan with Pennsylvania license plates was driving south slammed into 52-year-old, who was crossing the street from east to west at the time, leaving the minivan’s mirror broken in the wrong direction.
The injured Traffic Agent could be seen laying on the red-painted pavement of the bus lane in a photo shared with Upper East Site, a roll of paper towels under his neck to support his head as paramedics aided him on the ground with a small crowd gathering around them– the blue minivan investigators say were responsible for his injuries, parked right next to him.
Shortly after that, paramedics took the injured man to Weill Cornell Medical Center for treatment, FDNY officials say, but couldn’t elaborate further on his condition. Police report that the 52-year-old victim complained of leg, back and shoulder pain.
A witness tells Upper East Site the injured Traffic Agent’s leg— or legs— looked broken and he was clearly in a lot of pain.
Security from nearby Hunter College could be seen assisting as well as police officers shortly after the collision. We’re told the driver of the minivan did remain on the scene. It’s not clear whether any summons were issued.
The minivan itself has no violations recorded by traffic cameras within New York City, according to data reviewed by Upper East Site.
We reached out to CWA Local 1182, the Traffic Agent’s union, for further information as well, however, nothing more was immediately available.