Reckless unlicensed truck driver kills man in wheelchair in Queens, NYC
A man crossing the street in a wheelchair was killed in a truck accident in New York City. The accident occurred on Saturday morning at the intersection of Central Avenue and Nameoke Ave in Far Rockaway, Queens. A video shows the 73 year old victim proceeding to cross Central Avenue in front of the box truck while the driver waits at the red light. As the man slowly crosses in front of the truck, the driver pulls ahead and crushes the man on the wheelchair. The truck driver then continued to drive while dragging the victim and the wheelchair down the block before stopping.
The victim was rushed to the hospital but he could not be saved. Locals who knew the victims said he was a very nice and pleasant man.
The driver was identified as 42 year old Freddy Saquisili from Long Island. He remained at the scene of the accident and police found out that he was driving the 2013 International Harvester delivery truck with a suspended license and should have never been behind the wheel of the truck. He was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving. He was later released without bail after his arraignment. He is facing up to 4 years in prison.
Read more and see video of the accident on NBC New York
The NYPD also announced on Tuesday that another elderly pedestrian died from his injuries after he was hit by a car. 88 year old Thomas Soong was hit by a driver pulling out of a parking lot on Northern Boulevard near 147th Street, He suffered a massive head injury and died from it 3 days later. Northern Boulevard is one of the most dangerous and deadly boulevards in New York City. So many people died in motor vehicle accidents on Northern Boulevard that New Yorkers nicknamed it “Boulevard of Deaths”. Read more in the NY Daily News