A NYC pedestrian died from his injuries after a light pole fell on him. The pole fell after a MTA Bus who was trying to swerve around a disabled vehicle struck it with its side mirror.
The accident occurred a week ago on Thursday night in Brooklyn. 59 year old, Lance Margolin, a stock trader for Merrill Lynch, was walking on the pedestrian mall on Eastern Parkway near the Utica Avenue train station. Margolin, his wife and some friends were heading back home after a birthday party. As they were walking, a MTA bus driving on Eastern Parkway swerved to avoid a disabled car and struck a light pole with its side mirror. The light pole crashed on the ground, right on the top of Margolin. The friends who were walking steps ahead of Margolin and his wife heard a big bang and when they turned to look at what happened, Margolin was crushed under the pole with his wife next to him. They ran to the rescue. One of the friends was able to lift the pole from the victim who suffered severe head and body trauma.
The victim never regained consciousness and died 3 days later
Margolin went into cardiac arrest but when EMS arrived they were able to revive him. They rushed him to the hospital. He was unconscious at the time EMS revived him and, according to one of his daughters, never regained consciousness. He was pronounced brain dead on Saturday and died on Sunday. Margolin leaves behind him his wife and his 3 daughters.
Bus driver not charged
The 36 year old MTA Bus driver has not been charged so far. He was removed from passenger service while the NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad is figuring out the exact cause of the deadly accident.
Picture of the location of the accident: courtesy of Google Map