Nov. 12, 2020 By Allie Griffin
A man on a scooter died after colliding with a semi-truck in Astoria Thursday morning.
The scooter and a Bud Light semi-truck collided as the truck driver turned onto Crescent Street from Astoria Boulevard around 8:30 a.m., according to police and video footage captured at the scene.
The scooter driver appeared to be trapped beneath the truck that stopped as it rounded the corner onto Crescent Street, videos posted to the Citizen app show.
The victim was rushed to Mount Sinai Queens, where he was pronounced dead, police said. His identity is pending proper family notification.
The truck driver, meanwhile, was unharmed and remained at the scene, police said.
The NYPD is investigating the cause of the collision.
Man Rescued From Under Semi-Trailer Truck @CitizenApp
Astoria Blvd & Crescent St 8:32:14 AM EST
Looks like the scooter driver ran a red light, as they usually do. Truck had right of way and struck scooter because driver was looking to his right while making the wide turn. There’s your investigation folks.
No, he was in the bike roadway. The truck ran over the so-called barriers. No question whatsoever thar the truck was fatally reckless. Why do people feel a need to blame the victim? His two young children lost their father.😢
Really sad. Deepest condolences to the man’s family. There’s a memorial at the site now. The truck was making an illegal turn onto Crescent in the middle of morning rush on Astoria Blvd. It’s obviously too tight of a turn for a truck this size. DOT must put up protective barriers on the bike lane, here and other intersections like this. I often see cars stopped or parked illegally in the bike roadway midblock too, which is quite dangerous for cyclists and forces them into car traffic on Crescent. This terrible accident is a combination of factors of incomplete design and a driver’s really, really bad decision.
I thought these big tractor trailers were not allowed in the 5 boroughs? They shouldn’t be that’s for sure! Too big!
Limit in NYC is 55 feet overall. The limit is in place to keep the 53 foot trailers off the streets (truck plus 55 foot trailer is around 70 feet). Hard to get a 70 foot vehicle around corners. I’m pretty sure this meets the under 55 foot standards.
No, this truck wasn’t suppose to be on Crescent.