A charity worker was crushed to death by a truck backing up yesterday. Morales Cruseno Florentino was delivering milk to a school for a charity with his co-worker. As they arrived at the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens on Metropolitan Ave near 125th St. in Kew Gardens, Morales stepped out of the truck and went to the back of the truck to direct the truck driver while he backed up to park. As the driver was backing up, Morales got pinned between the truck and another vehicle. Video surveillance of the scene depicts the truck moving back with the back up alarm on and Morales not moving out of the way. Maybe he thought the truck would not back all the way?
When EMS arrived, Morales was still alive but was critically injured. He was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.
Morales and his coworkers had been delivering milk for people in need for the last two months.
Sadly backing up accidents are quite common in New York City. While most of them only results in property damage, around 15% of them result in injury or death. Children are often the victims of back over accidents because drivers can’t see them. Backing up accidents also happen at work. Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of workplace deaths. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 40% of worker deaths occurred in transportation accidents.
Injuring a family member, a friend or a co-worker while backing up is also occurring quite commonly and can be a traumatic experience for both the driver and the victim. If someone is injured because of the negligence of a loved one and needs compensation it can be emotionally difficult to testify against the family member, the friend or the co-worker who hurt you.