A man was killed in Hell’s Kitchen on Thursday morning after being struck and pinned down by a tractor-trailer, police reported.
The man, believed to be in his 40s, was crossing 8th Avenue at W44th Street at around 11:30am today when he was hit by a truck traveling north.
The victim was pinned under the vehicle. Police said that he suffered severe head and body trauma and was declared dead at the scene. The street was blocked for more than four hours while police investigated and removed the body from under the tractor-trailer. The truck driver stayed at the scene.
The truck is owned by Kenseal Construction Products Corporation based in Long Island City. The New York Post reported that records show the Kenseal truck has incurred 117 traffic violations, including seven tickets for speeding in a school zone and one for running a red light since 2015.
Streetsblog reported that this pedestrian would be at least the 78th killed this year. They also pointed out that the area around the Port Authority Bus Terminal is an exceptionally dangerous area for pedestrians. Since January 2020, there have been 107 reported crashes on just the three blocks of Eighth Avenue between 42nd and 45th streets, injuring 13 cyclists, 18 pedestrians and 19 motorists, according to city data. Last year, W42ST reported on a car flipping over after hitting three cars, a pedestrian and a pedicab on this same stretch of 8th Avenue.
The Department of Transportation recently widened sidewalks on 8th Avenue in a safety initiative. W42ST reported last week that similar sidewalk widening will take place on 9th Avenue this fall.