Two men dragged and killed by NYC delivery truck, police say


A Baldor’s delivery truck fatally struck and dragged two men down an Upper East Side street Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

One of the men was riding a bicycle and the other was walking at East 61st Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan when the truck from the fancy food business hit them around 9:20 a.m., according to police.

A witness said the truck driver, who is 66, according to cops, struck a fire hydrant and then hit and dragged the men.

A witness told the Post the driver of the truck in the fatal accident said that "his brakes broke."
A witness told the Post the driver of the truck in the fatal accident said that “his brakes broke.”
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“I was driving on Third Avenue at this same time a truck is coming done 61st,” witness Roy Decosta said. “The truck driver hit the fire hydrant, and he struck the guys on the sidewalk, but then he dragged them.

“He took them in the middle of the street, he said his brakes broke. It all happened so quick, it was really sad.”

The truck driver remained on the scene after the two men were struck and killed at 61st Street and 3rd Avenue on Christmas Eve.
The Baldor’s truck driver remained on the scene after the two men were struck and killed at 61st Street and 3rd Avenue on Christmas Eve.
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Police said the victims were 37 and 47 years old. 

Dramatic video taken by a witness in the aftermath of the incident shows both victims sprawled out on the pavement motionless on their backs across the street from each other.

The footage includes a bystander and then a cop desperately performing CPR on the pedestrian, while onlookers speculate that the cyclist is still breathing.

Three people were struck by a truck on December 24, 2021 leaving two dead.
Two people were killed by a truck on the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve.
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The biker has a small pool of blood underneath him, while his mangled bike lies several feet away by the curb. 

“Oh, my god,” says a man in the footage. “You never know what’s going to happen in life.

“He’s fighting fo his life right here on 61st Street,” the witness says, referring to the cyclist, who was later pronounced dead.

One of the men was riding a bicycle and the other was walking at East 61st Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan when the truck hit them around 9:20 a.m. police said.
One of the men was riding a bicycle and the other was walking at East 61st Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan when the truck hit them around 9:20 a.m., police said.
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The victims were not immediately identified by police. 

The truck driver remained on the scene, and no criminality was suspected, cops said. No further details were immediately known, cops said.

According to a witness the truck driver struck a fire hydrant and then hit and dragged the men.
According to a witness the truck driver struck a fire hydrant and then hit and dragged the men.
William Farrington for NY Post



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