A 37-year-old man was taken to the hospital with severe head trauma after being run over by a truck on Amsterdam Avenue on Wednesday evening.
The man was “extremely intoxicated” when he stepped off the curb at the corner of Amsterdam and 81st Street around 6:50 p.m. and “wandered into the back wheels of a truck,” according to Captain Timothy Malin, commanding officer of the 20th precinct. Witnesses at the scene told police that the driver had the right of way. The driver, who had been traveling north on Amsterdam, told police that he only found out he had hit someone when a crowd gathered at the rear of his truck.
Malin said the incident was witnessed by several people at the busy intersection, and that the driver was deemed to not be at fault.