31-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Hit By Truck While Walking on West Side Highway

A 31-year-old man was walking on the West Side Highway near 107th Street on Sunday morning when he was hit and killed by a tow truck driver, according to police.

The man, who was not identified, was walking north in the southbound lane of the highway when he was hit by the tow truck, which was driving south. Police got the call at 8:12 a.m. and the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver remained on the scene. Police are still investigating.

Asked about why the man was walking on the highway and what led to the crash, an NYPD spokesman said police had “no narrative or motive at this time.”

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    1. NA says:

      I was on running on the path at that time…it was a terrible scene. The police presence was swift, strong and appropriately stern (all access taped off to runners/cyclists for a long swath of the Park pathway. “Cherry Walk?” I had to double back to 125th street and impatient motorists were scrambling to back up off the highway!). Even on a Sunday morning, the traffic build up was immediate and dense. I’ve never noticed speeding enforced there and cars/trucks/motorcycles really fly at scary speeds when it’s not rush hour.

    2. Belita says:

      What is the man name

    3. Anon says:

      I was in the park and the sound of collision was awful. I feel for the driver of the truck, the runner who stayed on the scene and the family of the deceased.

      • Belita says:

        Do you have anymore info on Derek Brown on how it happened he’s my first cousin we shared birthday Feb 14 he will be missed gone to soon

    4. Ari Moskin says:

      He was a real mensch. It’s sad.

    5. Belita says:

      Anyone who has first knowledge of accident on scene family trying to piece together what happened and get some kind of relief of what happened. I’m the first cousin my birthday boy born on February 14 some thing we shared :()

    6. Jacques says:

      May you rest in peace my beautiful friend.