Victim Identified in Last Night’s Hit-and-Run on the Bowery
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The man killed in last night’s hit-and-run on the Bowery was a beloved member of the community. This much was clear from the various tipsters who alerted us to the accident. Robert Perry – age 57 – had been visiting the Bowery Mission for assistance the last few years. His life was cut short when 24-year-old BMW driver Danny Lin collided with Mr. Perry outside the establishment. Lin fled the scene but was apprehended at Stanton Street; charges are still pending, according to police.
The Bowery Mission prepared the following statement regarding the loss of Mr. Perry:
At the beginning of Thanksgiving Week, The Bowery Mission has suffered a sudden tragedy.
The Bowery Mission lost a member of our community, Robert Perry, age 57. The news may report that a “homeless man” was killed in a hit-and-run accident. It is true that Robert struggled with homelessness most of life, from the age of 12. Because he spent many days and nights at The Bowery Mission, we got to know Robert as a gifted man with a difficult story. Robert was a faithful participant in The Bowery Mission’s chapel services and activities. Most recently, Robert was a charter member of The Bowery Mission’s photography club, producing haunting photographs taken from his life’s perspective. In his artist’s statement, Robert reminded us, “I want people to hear my story, hear my cry… We are looked at like dirt, but we are somebody.” Tonight, we remember Robert not as a “homeless man,” but as a child of God, with a name, a story, and gifts to offer the world.
We are attempting to contact Robert’s family in New Jersey, and we are planning a memorial for Robert after Thanksgiving.
Robert’s sudden passing strengthens our resolve to offer hope to thousands of New Yorkers in need during our 135th Thanksgiving celebration this week.
Meanwhile, the Bowery Mission will serve Thanksgiving meals to more than 7,000 men, women and children in all five boroughs of New York. Six hundred volunteers will assist at 227 Bowery.