Dump Truck Involved in Fatal Crosswalk Collision on Canal Street Impounded Onsite

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 at 5:10 am by
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Five days later, the dump truck that leveled an 83-year-old Chinese man sits idle at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. The Peterbilt big-rig has been impounded by cops and remains on the extension of Canal Street that’s become a bus depot in recent years.

There is currently a sticker on the driver-side window indicating that the 5th Precinct is now in possession of the truck, and that any tampering could result in “arrest and possible imprisonment.”

Last Friday afternoon, 24-year-old truck driver Maykel Felix-Tejada struck and killed Ka Chor Yau while crossing Canal Street near the Bowery. The victim was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Meanwhile, Felix-Tejada, a Patterson native carrying a suspended license, was arrested and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation.

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Nothing here on possible manslaughter.

Critics point out that the narrative in these tragic accidents always seems to favor the motorist, not the pedestrian. The story relayed to the media was that crossed outside the crosswalk and that the truck had the right of way.

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Photo: Karlin Chan

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