Funeral Being Held Today for Bowery Hit-and-Run Victim
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On the evening of November 24, a 24-year-old named Danny Lin sped northward on the Bowery in his 2001 BMW sedan and fatally struck beloved local Robert Perry. It was later revealed that his speed was clocked at twice the legal limit of 25mph. The traffic accident transpired outside the Bowery Mission, but Lin fled the scene and woulda eluded arrest if not for that meddling fire hydrant at the corner of Stanton Street (which he struck). For this, the city charged him with criminally negligent homicide.
The 57-year-old was considered a pillar of the Bowery Mission community, and it is in their Chapel at 227 Bowery that funeral services will be held today at noon.
Here is a little more about Mr. Perry:
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.
And below is a video that Storied.TV filmed with Mr. Perry just days before his death on the Bowery.