Saturday, January 19, 2013

Retired Postal Worker Killed by Garbage Truck in Chelsea

CHELSEA — A recently retired postal worker was run over by a garbage truck in Chelsea Friday afternoon, according topolice and witnesses. 
Thomas Berry, 66, was crossing Ninth Avenue at West 29th Street just before 2:30 p.m. when he tripped and fell into the rear wheels of a slow-moving truck heading south on Ninth Avenue, police said.
Berry was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
"It wasn't [the truck driver's] fault," said Berry's former coworker, John Carmitchel, 55, a building inspector for the postal service, who witnessed the crash. "He didn't see him."
Another witness, who was standing nearby, said Berry "wasn't moving at all" after being hit.
The driver of the 2007 Mac truck remained on the scene and there was no criminality, police said.
In July 2011, Marilyn Dershowitz, Alan Dershowitz's sister-in-law, was struck and killed by a mail truck at the same intersection while riding her bike.
Berry's friends described him as kind and gentle.
"He wouldn't hurt a soul," said Carmitchel, who added that Berry is a "great guy."

1 comment:

  1. Dump/Garbage trucks have the highest pedestrian kill rate in every city. The logic, dump trucks are usually found very busy along with the usual road traffic and fast phased pedestrians, laws governing them are believed to have loopholes. Fatal accidents that involve these big trucks can be prevented or diminished if tighter laws are implemented, and if offensive driving practiced. It is hard to be safe in a road when some motorist doesn’t care about it.