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.
Driver sues DMV over agency taking too long to restore license
Four days after Stella Huang was hit by a Con Ed truck in 2013, the area at 16th Street and Avenue C was coned off. At that time, a streetlight there was broken. (Photo by Lawrence Scheyer)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The Con Edison employee who fatally struck an elderly Stuyvesant Town resident on Avenue C at East 16th Street in 2013 had his license revoked this past August as a result of the incident. He’s since filed a lawsuit because he felt that the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn’t processing his application to reinstate his license quickly enough.
Streetsblog NYC reported on Tuesday that the driver, Andrew Franco, was found guilty of careless driving, meaning that 88-year-old Stella Huang likely had the right of way when Franco hit and killed her around 5:15 p.m. on November 27, 2013. The Daily News reported that the decision was only handed down this past August, almost three years after the accident, following multiple hearings and an appeal, and that Franco filed the lawsuit against the DMV last Friday.
A man was hit by this ambulance as it turned left onto East 14th Street. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
An 81-year-old man died after being hit by an ambulance on Monday afternoon as he crossed the street at the 14th Street and Second Avenue intersection.
According to police, the man, who was later identified as Gen Zhan, a resident of East 29th Street, was crossing as the ambulance was on Second Avenue, making a left turn onto 14th.
Zhan suffered severe body trauma after being hit and was taken to Bellevue, but doctors were unable to save him.
Later at the scene the ambulance’s emergency lights were still flashing although police didn’t have information on whether there had been a patient inside at the time of the accident.
One emergency responder said Zhan had actually gone against the light and hit the side of the ambulance, a blind spot, after it turned. He then fell back and hit his head. A police spokesperson said she didn’t have any information on whether he was going against the light. However, she said he had tried to run across the street, but didn’t make it and was hit while on the crosswalk.
Around two dozen cops and FDNY emergency officials responded to the scene and part of the intersection was closed to traffic for the remainder of the afternoon.
A rep for police said the matter was still under investigation, but no criminality was suspected. The ambulance driver, 22, remained at the scene. The case is being handled by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.
Zhan was a resident of Renwick Gardens, an apartment complex for seniors in Kips Bay.
A woman was killed in a hit-and-run early Saturday morning in front of Stuyvesant Town.
According to police, the victim had been lying in the road prior to being hit by the vehicle, which was a taxi, based on a preliminary investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad.
It was 3:36 a.m. when police responded to the scene, which was First Avenue between East 16th and 17th Streets. When they got there, the 44-year-old victim was lying in the bus lane on the east side of First Avenue, with trauma to her body. The other vehicle had already left the scene by then. An EMS team took the woman to Bellevue Hospital, but she couldn’t be saved.
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Kenya Flores of The Bronx.
UPDATE #2. Police arrested 68-year-old John Bangura, a resident of Washington Heights, in connection with the crime, early Sunday. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.
UPDATE #3: Police said the suspect was found after police obtained video footage of the vehicle. A spokesperson for Blackstone said the owner is cooperating with police and has provided some footage. When asked if, based on the footage, if it appeared the woman had fallen or fainted or if suicide was suspected, the police spokesperson would only say the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.