By Carol Tannenhauser
A man died after lying down in the street and being struck by a vehicle on Central Park West between 62nd and 63rd Streets around midnight on Sunday, April 18, according to the NYPD. The police gave the following account of the incident:
Police responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian struck on Central Park West between West 62 and West 63 Streets, within the confines of the 20 Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed an unidentified adult male pedestrian lying on the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma about the head and body. EMS responded to the location and pronounced the aided male deceased at the scene.
Further investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad determined that a 1998 Lexus sedan, operated by a 28-year-old male, was traveling north bound along Central Park West, between West 62 and West 63 Streets, in the left lane of travel, when, at the same time, the pedestrian walked into the roadway from the west curb and laid down in the left travel lane. As a result, the vehicle did run over the pedestrian, dragging him north bound, along the pavement, while under the front driver’s side wheel-well for a distance, before the pedestrian was released from under the vehicle. The vehicle operator then stopped and remained at the scene until the arrival of police; the male operator was not injured. There are no arrests and the incident remains under investigation.