By Joy Bergmann
No criminal charges are being pursued against the garbage truck driver who struck and killed 21-year-old Fordham graduate Noah Goldstein on June 18, Captain Levon Holley told attendees of the 20th Precinct Community Council meeting Monday evening.
There were no witnesses to the crash, he said. “There is video of the incident but – for whatever reason – the camera jumped. So you see Noah crossing the street, and then the next thing you see is he is laid out in the street.” The driver was not on the scene when police arrived.
Highway Collision Investigation Squad performed its investigation and did track down the vehicle involved. “Evidence points to it being an accident due to the fact that it was a garbage truck. He may not have known that he struck an individual,” said Capt. Holley. “They are not pursuing any criminal charges at this time.”
Goldstein (pictured at right) was in Fordham’s theater program, and students there have created tributes to Goldstein.
An analysis of recent collisions showed disproportionate involvement of taxicabs and trucks, Holley said. Citing this evidence, the precinct undertook a traffic enforcement initiative this past weekend. “We issued 53 summonses specifically and only to taxicabs and garbage trucks,” said Capt. Holley. “Red lights, speeding, use of cell phone…a whole host of violations.”
Other items discussed during the meeting included:
- Grand larceny – especially identity theft – continues to be the most prevalent major crime in the 20th Precinct, comprising 60 of the 80 major crimes reported during the past 28-day period, said Capt. Holley. NYPD urges citizens to use caution whenever deploying debit and credit cards. Cover the keypad with your hand when entering PINs. Use chip-equipped cards in chip-reading machines whenever possible. While thieves may easily clone information held on magnetic stripes, chips provide additional – but not perfect – fraud prevention.
- Investigation continues into a stabbing that occurred early Sunday morning near 79th and Amsterdam. It appears that a dispute escalated into a robbery, but no property was actually stolen, said Capt. Holley. Earlier reports noted the injuries to the 37 year-old man were not life threatening.
- National Night Out Against Crime will be August 2nd at 6pm with 20th Precinct officers on hand in Verdi Square, 72nd and Broadway.