By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police reported that a 76-year-old man was killed by a delivery truck in Union Square on Tuesday morning.
Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman said at the 13th Precinct Community Council’s meeting this past Tuesday that the victim, James Buzzell, was outside his apartment on East 16th Street near Union Square West when he was struck.
Police said that the truck was attempting to park in the parking lane when the driver struck Buzzell. Hellman said that the driver was delivering flour to one of the nearby bakeries when he hit Buzzell while backing up. Hellman noted that the driver was not at fault, although the NYPD noted that the investigation is still ongoing.
“The gentleman had trouble walking and was 4’6” so (the driver) had trouble seeing him in the rearview mirror,” Hellman said.
The victim’s leg was severely damaged in the accident and although the uniformed officers at the scene applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. Police said that Buzzell also had trauma to his torso and he was transported to Bellevue Hospital, but he later succumbed to his injuries.
“It was really a gruesome scene,” Hellman said of the accident. “It was an extraordinary effort by our young officers today.”