A 31-year-old man was pinned under the wheels of a tractor-trailer on Amsterdam Avenue on Monday, and sustained severe injuries. The man had been running alongside the truck on Amsterdam a little before 1 a.m. when he crossed the avenue at 106th Street, running right into the vehicle, police told the Daily News.
“The panicked driver slowed down but couldn’t come to a full stop before the man, who had slid under the truck, got pinned under the back wheels,” the newspaper reported. The man was taken to Mt. Sinai with severe injuries to his legs and upper body. The driver was not charged.
Streetsblog called the police account “victim-blaming” and questions why the NYPD didn’t press charges.
“A Daily News photo indicates that the truck exceeds the 55-foot limit for legal operation on NYC surface streets. Trucks over 55 feet long are allowed only when carrying non-divisible loads, like construction beams, and have a DOT permit. There is no permit for a truck carrying boxes or other divisible cargo in an enclosed 53-foot trailer, such as the one involved in Monday’s crash.”
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 22, 2018