Kips Bay man, 83, dies after being hit by car

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343 East 30th Street (Photo via Google Maps)

By Sabina Mollot

On Thursday, an elderly Kips Bay man died after being hit by a car as he crossed the street a day earlier.

The victim, later identified as Gilberto DiBernardo, 83, had been crossing the street Wednesday afternoon on Second Avenue and East 30th Street when he was struck by a driver in a Chevrolet Silverado. DiBernardo, who lived nearby at 343 East 30th Street, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

According to police, the 53-year-old driver, who was going south, had a steady green traffic signal when DiBernardo was attempting to cross Second Avenue from east to west in the crosswalk. The driver told police he tried to stop the car from hitting DiBernardo, but was unable to do so, and he was knocked to the pavement. The driver remained at the scene and wasn’t arrested. Police later said no criminality is suspected.

7 thoughts on “Kips Bay man, 83, dies after being hit by car

  1. This sounds like a case of failure-to-yield. Did the 83-year-old dart out into the middle of the intersection? The roadway is very wide there and there’s a lot of visibility. If you’re going the speed limit of 25, there’s plenty of time to brake for a pedestrian in the roadway

    NYPD thinks it’s appropriate to give breaks to all these drivers who kill people. It’s not.

    • Sorry, but you have no facts and yet you are jumping to conclusion driver was at fault. The only fact stated in the article was that the driver had a solid green light. I call BS!

      • I am confident, with the facts that I have, that the driver had a green light and also murdered this poor man for getting in his way. Avoidable collisions are no accident. The only matter to resolve is, was the driver distracted in an honest but careless manner, or did he drive the car in a menacing manner at the pedestrian and then “accidentally” hit him when the pedestrian did not move in time? Both are common driver behaviors that are not excused by having “the right of way”. That’s not how ROW works.

  2. You’re assuming he saw him. I am going to say he didn’t see him. Otherwise, he would have stopped. Therefore, if I don’t see someone who doesn’t have the right of way, then yes I could hit someone without penalty. Not something I would want to do but I can personally say that there are a number of people alive today (particularly bikers) because I am extremely cautious when I drive in the city and i assume most people and cyclists will jaywalk or run red lights. However, had I hit any of the people I am referring to I guarantee I would not have been charged.

    • So I’m bad for jumping to conclusions, but you know the driver didn’t see the pedestrian, that the collision wasn’t avoidable… well, the readers should decide whose assumptions are more realistic I suppose.

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