Young Marine Killed Crossing NYC Street During Fleet Week

Driver Stops, Calls 9-1-1; Officials: No Alcohol Involved

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fleet Week began with the impressive parade of ships, but its first day ended tragically for one young Marine.

A 22-year-old Marine visiting Manhattan for the first time was struck and killed Thursday by a car while crossing 12th Avenue. The Marine was hit  just before 1:00 a.m. as he was getting out of a cab with fellow servicemen at 12th Avenue and 49th Street.

Investigators said there is no indication he was intoxicated.

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The accident happened not far from Pier 88 where some of the ships taking part in Fleet Week are now moored. The Marine was returning to his ship, the USS Iwo Jima.

The young man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police officers and military personnel converged in the middle of the street to investigate the tragedy.

Marine Capt. Christopher Kupka said soldiers are briefed about what to watch out for while away from their ships.

“This is New York. [There are] a lot of vehicles, a lot of people, a lot of crosswalks. It’s just an unfortunate situation,” said Capt. Kupka, who hails from Westchester County.

It was a situation very similar to the 2003 accident that claimed that life of a Navy sailor who was struck and killed by a livery cab in Tribeca. Not surprisingly, Marines that CBS 2’s Jay Dow spoke with said Thursday morning’s fatal accident will make it difficult to focus on what is typically a joyous week.

“Yes, it does, but like I said, we’re here to show the city of New York what the military, Marine Corps and Navy team what it’s all about, so like I said, prayers go out to the family and friends, and it’s a tragic situation,” Marines Sgt. Christopher Perez said.

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Police said the 39-year-old driver of a 2003 silver Acura realized he struck someone and stopped a block later, called 911 and then walked back to the scene. The driver has not been charged.

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Investigators confirmed the Marine, who was in uniform, was crossing 12th Avenue when he was struck. At 49th Street, there is no crosswalk.

“This is a sad day for the Marine Corp, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this Marine,” Col. Frank Donovan, commander of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit base at Camp Lejeune, NC, said at a morning briefing near the pier.

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The Marine’s name was withheld pending family notification.

The Corps has not disclosed funeral arrangements for their fallen Marine.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fleet Week 2011

There are some 3,000 military servicemen in the city for Fleet Week, which runs through June 1.

Can more be done to make the city safer for visiting military personnel? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • Grizzled

    Not “worship”, merely the recognition of the sacrifices service people make in order to serve their country and their fellow citizens. Too bad you see that as “worship”. Perhaps you have been “brainwashed”…

    • RWD

      We still have soldiers being held in Vietnam you fool. If people really cared about them as all of you lamers say, why haven’t the and you petitioned McCain the traitor liar that knows this? I have. You’re just another fake flake military groupie that makes me sick. All flags and bravado and no information or action. People in the military despise you pretenders that post here and do nothing for those left behind in prison camps. Go fire up Rambo on your TV you blithering degenerate.

      • TheSwabbie

        You probably think aliens took Richard Nixon to the Mothership too.. MORON.. There are NO POW’s.. if there WERE any after 1973 they were KILLED as not to embarass the North Vietnamese. Its OVER.. DONE.. We will never forget.. but we also know the truth.. Something tells me you werent even Military.. just by the way you talk dude.. You aint one of us..

  • Holland

    Brainwashed…is not seeing the fact that a young man in a dangerous career…in the midst of an experience of a lifetime…is killed while crossing the street. There is a sad irony there. It appears your code pink brain can’t appreciate that fact. You give him LESS sympathy BECAUSE he is military…and that is obvious.

    • RWD

      My father was a Navy Scout and Raider .. that I bet you have never even heard of before as most of the fake macho trolls. Please save your BS for those that listen to little girls.

      • TheSwabbie

        NAVY SCOUT/RAIDER.. THERE WAS/IS NO SUCH THING DUDE.. Its either ARMY SCOUT.. or MARINE RAIDER, both WWII designations. The Navy’s ONLY special operations force at that time were “UDT” and “NCDU”… Either you heard it WRONG or Your father embellished.. NO YOU save YOUR BS for those that want to listen to it. Oh.. and I will Lay MONEY on what I just told you bubba.

    • KP

      This is to RWD,

      Get your ass in order and give respect where respect is due, my guess is you have no respect for your Father either.

  • Gregory von Haesler
  • Market

    Marines have “brethren”. This writer should be brought over to Paris Island for w quick reminder to learn how to behave like an American.

  • Roy

    Very sad………… matter who was at fault,it’s still a tragic acident,and a tragic loss for his family,and the country

  • gwen

    a heartfelt sympathetic prayer is extended to the family of the marine. what a shame! how could that driver stop a block away? what was he on? more investigation should be done.

    • Jay

      a block in the city isn’t very long, the important thing is he stopped.

      • Rubbo

        There have been many accidents and fatalities along 12th Avenue over the years. For those unfamiliar with NYC, that stretch of road is more akin to a multi-lane highway than to a pedestrian area.

  • no-fun

    Watch your language, Fung. I just reported you. If you don’t like it here, stay out of my city.

  • Rita

    Have you ever driven the WSH? There aren’t actually blocks, it’s a highway, and the article says the Marine was crossing the highway in an area without a crosswalk. That’s insane. The driver called 911 and walked back since you can’t turn around on the WSH. It’s tragic, and the driver is also a victim here.

  • No One Is Listening To You

    Marines don’t have comrades, Soviets do. What a poor choice of words.

    • AeroJack7

      You are a true turd. I bet you never stuck your neck out to help anyone out other than yourself in your life. “Security, Homeland, terrorism” are not terms that someone just pulled out of their bums.

      You can sit in your mommies basement plugging away on your computer while hundreds of thousands of Americans serve their country protecting you from untold terrors. You and your types make me want to puke.

      I salute and support all who serve. God Bless you all.

    • bigsteve

      Moron AeroJack, you can’t salute without being in the military, which I bet you are and were not. Also, do you know nothing of history? The reason someone might object to those terms is because they are highly correlated with a number of awful countries/regimes. Or do you not find that out in “mommy’s basement”?

    • TheSwabbie

      Joe.. You are an IDIOT.. and NOwe are NOT Sheep.. The one thats discussed in this article, the Marine that lost his life was a S H E E P D O G.. you sir, are a FLEA on the dog.

      BigSteve.. WRONG.. YES, former Military CAN salute the colors (recent new regulation).

    • JM in San Diego CA

      @ No one: I don’t agree.

      I was in the US Navy for 21 years, often working with and around Marines. When I read the word “comrades” I took it to mean his specific shipmates (USN or USMC) or some fellow Marines in general. There is nothing wrong with using the word “comrades.” If it happens to have been ill-used by a few Communists, so what? It’s a fine word, part of traditional Marine Corps sloganeering — Loyalty, Camaraderie, Esprit de Corps, etc.

      If you need any reassurance, Google the word comrade but make your search site-specific by adding “” (without the quotes) and you will discover that the use of the word by Marines about Marines is common.

      Semper Fidelis

    • HJS

      And the United States should not have czars.

      I mourn for my fellow Marine. A grateful nation thanks him for his service.
      Semper Fidelis
      (Always Faithful)
      HJS USMC (Fmr)

  • Ken

    Yes, I spend my free time in New York City trying to hit random Marines with my non-existent car. /sarcasm.

    But on a more important note, no I have nothing against the Marines. Hell, my aunt was killed in a pedestrian-car accident five years ago- but sometimes horrible things happen. We can learn from them, but angry blame does nothing.

  • Ken

    To Daniel — It is a horrible accident, but the laws are quite clear:

    (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

  • karl anglin

    Thanks Mr D!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • poster34

    This is a tragic example of how unsafe our streets still are for pedestrians here in NYC, but I find it funny that people get all up in arms every time the city changes traffic patterns in order to slow cars down and make it safer for all road users. The bike backlash is a perfect example of this. You can count on one hand how many people have been killed by a cyclist-ped collision over the last 10 years. Yet with something like this happens and there is an out cry for safer streets, but as soon as the DOT tries the make a street safer there is an outcry that they are being anti-car when nothing could be more from the truth. I am truly sorry that this young man was killed in this manner when these same service men and women also have to put their lives on the line every day over seas.

    • bubba

      OMG, so unsafe. I don’t know how I’ve managed to stay alive for 38 years. Oh right, I don’t try to defy the laws of physics.

      • Rubia

        God forbid this would happen to one of your love ones i know u would’nt b saying all this trash n be so cold hearted …..

  • Rich

    Dear CBS New York,

    As the #1 Media Market in the US, I’d hope you have access to an AP Stylebook or the freaking internet (they put the internet on computers, phones, etc). But clearly not, so please note: it is Marine Corps, not Marine Corp. We are not a corporation, we are a military organization.

    That being said, rest in peace, warrior. Semper Fi!

    • Denise

      Absolutely. My son is a Marine, and my heart cracks each time I hear of a Marine’s death.

      Rest in peace now, dear boy.

      Semper Fi!

  • Ken

    Why? Because at 1 a.m. a pedestrian crossed 12 avenue (effectively a highway) not in a crosswalk and driver didn’t see him? Yes the driver has some responsibility to avoid the Marine, but the Marine did cross at the wrong place. It’s just a very tragic accident.

    • Daniel Sherfy

      I believe the law states that pedestrians have the right of way in all situations. The driver is at fault and should be sighted for killing my Marine Corps Brother. Rest in piece, Semper Fi!

    • Rick

      I agree the driver is not at fault. He did the right thing as far as he is concerned. As a Marine that has been part of fleet week I know that this Marine was most likely just a bit inebriated. My question is about the cab that dropped them off. Surely there is a better place for his passengers to disembark!

    • Vicky

      At Rick post you are right the cab has some fualt becuase if he would of dropped off the marine at a safer location he would still b alive, he probably saw the marine was a little typsy too…….

  • Irwin

    This was a horrible, horrible accident. At this point, it does not seem like it is anyone’s fault and the driver did NOT try to get away. Let’s learn a lesson and always look both ways when getting out of cabs and crossing the crowded streets of Manhattan.

  • MadDog92

    Comrades?? This is the USA not Russia. We are neither comrades nor cosmonauts. We are Marines and astronauts.

  • Ken

    You do realize that New York City blocks are less than 200 ft long due to the NYC grid system? It’s not a long distance.

    • Daniel Sherfy

      What is your problem? Do you just hate Marines or are you the guy who hit him?

  • Mathman54

    How crowded is that area? Would it be reasonable to assume the driver pulled over a block away simply because that was the first available place to pull over?

    • Ken

      Yes, it would be very reasonable to assume that. As the above commenter said, 12 ave effectively functions like a highway, but it has crosswalks running across it pretty regularly. It’s very dangerous.

  • Bob

    Can more be done to make the city safer for visiting military personnel you ask? Yes. Let anyone in the miltary show ID for free passage on the Metro busses and subway.

    • gergegr

      No subway comes within half a mile of where the accident occurred.

  • Surfin Bird


  • Joe Doakes

    You are safer in the Marines than you are in any American city after dark.

  • brooklyn4ever

    How horrible. Here is this young man away from the throngs of death and war where loss of life is imminent, only to be taken out by someone while he is on r&r.
    God Bless him and his family and God Bless him for hs service. Rest in Peace.
    Semper fi!

  • TivTee

    They really do drive like crazy in NY dont they??

    • ewtwt4et

      12th Avenue is one of the few areas in Manhattan where cars outnumber pedestrian traffic– it is specifically designed for faster speeds. Add to that the late hour (1:00 AM), the victim’s unfamiliarity with the area, and the possibility that he may not have been the first Fleet Week visitor to “overcelebrate.” There have been numerous pedestrian accidents along that stretch, and it’s simply not a high pedestrian zone… do the math.

  • Bill

    My God bless and protect his family. I am so grateful to him for his service to this great nation.

  • tom n texas

    Learn to spell and run back to i-ran you f*cking wanna be…f8ckn raghead…akbar sux my arse

  • Veteran

    Hopefully a whole lot, too bad you weren’t one of them big boy.

  • Marine WIFE

    shut your fking mouth

    • msg jr

      semper fi sister

    • Gomer Pyle

      Gargle my man-sac.

  • Erik V

    God Bless the Marine and his family. That road is easy to get going at a speedy clip & it’s such a shame to have happen. Even if it was an accident I’m sure the driver will have difficulty dealing with the fact he killed one of our heroes. :/

  • Old Msg

    When you think aboult it Mr Morality. This young marine died protecting your right to make vour comments. Semper Fi

    • Daniel Sherfy

      It is Marine not marine.

      • Bob Dillon

        What is your problem Daniel?? You are a moronic grammar Nazi.. WHO CARES ABOUT FREAKING CAPITALIZATION of one word?

        By the way, your comments are completely out of line, and assuming that you really are a marine, I am sending my petition to the marine Corp for your immediate dishonorable dismissal. Might as well get yourself killed in battle while you wait.

        Also, the person who killed the marine i’m sure feels lubriciously bad. That person doesn’t need to come upon your comments. That person is not to blame and should not feel guilty for accidentally killing a drunken marine.

      • Kevin Winters

        What is your problem Bob Dillon? It isn’t just a word. Sometimes if I am being lazy in text message, email or other informal form of correspondence, I may not capitalize the first-person singular pronoun, or I may not capitalize my name, but I ALWAYS capitalize Marine and it has nothing to do with grammar or spelling it is out of respect.
        Kevin Winters
        GYSGT USMC(Ret.)

      • TheSwabbie

        AMEN!!!!! These MORONS commenting about captalization are I G N O R A N T Fools.. Just as its NOT “navy seal” its “Navy SEAL”, its the PROPER way to write the name Marine. Sometimes dontcha just wish you could reach through the Internet and grab these CLOWNS by the throat and THROTTLE them! Semfer Fi Green Brother!

  • sng

    Ha.. The usual village idiot comments ..

  • Case

    Keep it up el-said! We’re coming for iran next.

  • Devin

    You insult me with an obnoxious banner (actually two) ad when I open your webpage, then another one when I play the video? Good-bye.

    • John Knight

      right on devin!! all these freakin obnoxious ads popping up everywhere just insure that I won’t EVEn think about purchasing their product.

      • Sean in Ca

        That’s ‘ensure”

    • Hermann

      Devin you SHOULD consider READING the text that is presented as the article. Videos are for entertainment, and for those who are not capable of understanding the written word. Verbal/written word communications is much appreciated by those who communicate in a like manner.

    • JM in San Diego CA

      The ads pay for the presentation. My grandkids know that.. Would you like an appointment for tutoring if they’re available???

  • redcons2

    city underlockdown for grown adults??


    @Mr Morality Moron is the Biggest Loser

    Boy what a hypocrit. Apparently you positioon is that no one is sopposed to express an opinion critisizing someone elses opinion.

    • WhatADumbSchmuk

      du yu no haou 2 evin tiipe a engrish sintins the rite waa?

  • Mr. Morality

    We are entitled to out opinions.

    I didnt wish any bodily harm so what are you referring to?

    • andrew

      hopefully a bar where the other patrons (civilians) were buying him drinks all night. The way it was for me, and the way it should be…

  • OBAMAS' BRAIN child

    AT Abdul, Mr. Happy to be here in America, you’ll be the next one to go based on your stupidity. USA…………..Like or get the HELL OUT

    • >>>>>>CORRECTION>>>>>>>



  • Sarha

    “— just before 1:00 am thursday—” . Having missed this reported figure, morality, you appear to be one of ‘those’, who read the headlines and make up their own story. Obama’s law: puinsh the opposition, and reward the obamaites.

  • Mr. Morality

    Where wqas the maine coming from at 1am

    • USMC mother

      none ya

    • Huuf Arted

      shut ur f*cking hole Mr, Morality before we shut it for you !

    • Dave Johanssen

      Youir mom’s house

    • andrew

      hopefully a bar where the other patrons (civilians) were buying him drinks all night. The way it was for me, and the way it should be…

  • B. Agostino

    The driver in this day and age should get a medal for
    actually stopping and calling 911 ,Sure this is sad and yes it happens
    to people every day.
    I think the city surely could improve street crossing signs and crosswalks
    where this happened.
    This avenue is a zoom zoom highway ,I guess a blood alcohol test was made
    just to rule out any issues. Still NYC lets get a real safe crosswalk where
    visitors and Navy members stay.

  • Jim R

    God bless you brother. I will remember you on monday memoril day when I remember my brothers I lost in The Nam.

  • Ace

    what are you talking about. He tried to put tolls in the city and that would have kept unnecessary cars entering the city. Which makes less cars in the city. Plus how can you make the city safer. thanks to our government in a whole. Not just Mike. We are always in debt and are short money. No money no improvements.

  • CSI

    Hey looser. It says around 1 AM. what else do you want.



    • Mr Morality Moron is the Biggest Loser

      MM Moron of the Day. You are no better than him. In fact, since you are actually wishing bodily harm and even death on someone, you become the biggest moron of the day. All MM was doing was expressing his opinion about the possible intoxication of the victim, tasteless or not. You are the lowest form of humanity. Hope you live a long, happy, pointless life. God Bless You.

      • Hermann

        ‘respondant to MM Moronn’ You have a right, despite the objections of obama ,to critiicise the comments made by others. Supressing the rights of others to voice their opinion, defeats evaluation of that person as a whole—not knowing, can lead to adverse consequences.

      • PeepleOurStoopid

        Osama is alive.

    • Huh?!

      How is postulating the guy was drunk showing a ‘lack of decency’? Please show other reasons one would be walking in the middle of a street at 1 am against the light.

      • Reading is Fundamental

        It wasn’t against a light, there was no crosswalk. The Marine guy didn’t have to be drunk in order to be in danger in this particular area. He was also most likely not a native of the area.

        • karl anglin

          It was the Marines first NYC visit

  • belleofliberty

    It was just a tragic accident. Why not leave it at that?

  • zombierocket

    The knowledgeable One, you are small minded and vile. Do YOU work 24/7?

  • Tandemfusion

    This is probably a teenage boy’s effort at being provocative. Instead it simply exposes the horrid job your parents have done in raising you. The comment is beneath contempt.

    • PeepleOurStoopid

      And yet…your comment reeks of contempt. I <3 hypocrites.

  • Jen

    That’s right, no one should ever have a break from their job. Its completely healthy to work all of the time and it makes us much more effective at our jobs when we don’t have any downtime at all.
    Have some damn respect for these beautiful people who have given up their lives to serve and make us safe protecting the United States of America. Whether he was killed in the line of duty or in an accident, I still salute him for his sacrifice to our country.
    God Bless our women and men in the military, and God bless the USA.

    • Lillie

      @ Jen, I applaud your comment. I’m a mother of a 22yr old son. I could only pray that he was as successfully productive as this young man was. That’s the problem with this world, people not only don’t value your everyday living but don’t value the men and women of the military. Perhaps we would all be in a better place if law enforcement would resort to shipping the criminals to fight the wars, instead of eating up our hard-earned tax dollars by placing them in prison with three meals a day,TV, visits,rec room snacks, money etc.

  • Jay

    I live in Manhattan 17 years and know the area he was crossing, you have to be very careful anywhere when no crosswalk and at nightime, did this Marine not look when crossing, talking having fun and walk out in front of the car? Sadly, must have as the driver was not at fault and not ticketed. I feel sorry for the driver, can you imagine hitting someone that walks out in front of you when you have the right of way? Horrible, the driver has to live with tihs when wasn’t his fault. So sorry the Marine died. People be careful when crossing anywhere esp at night, and no light or crosswalk!

    • Jay Pierce

      Accidents do happen but since when doesn’t the pedestrian have the right of way? The vehicle gets the right of way, that’s a new one on me.

      • PeepleOurStoopid

        Physics: Car > Pedestrian

      • Jen

        Jay P., if there had been a crosswalk, the pedestrian would have the right of way. You can’t walk onto a busy street and expect all the cars to come to a halt!

      • Tommy

        The loss of this gentlemen is a tragedy, however the motorist is not at fault. I drive around Manhattan all day at work. Pedestrians in Manhattan are really, really bad. They cross against the light, they walk in the street, it is a joke. Bicycle riders are even worse. Cross on the green, not in between – remember that ad campaign ? I will pray for this Marine and his family this Memorial Day.

      • Detex

        The car has the right of way when you are on a highway… 12th Ave is also known as the West Side Highway for a reason… It is tragic that this has happened but there are crosswalks spaced about every two or three blocks. At that point the pedestrian DOES have the right of way when the walk light is illuminated…

      • Daniel Sherfy

        The law states that pedestrians have the right of way in all cases, period. The driver should have been sighted.

      • john

        Only in Japan have I seen where the order of Right Of Way went 1. automobiles 2. bicycles 3. pedestrians. And oh by the way that was during my deployment to MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, JAPAN. Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fi to our fallen brother.

  • midi-man

    He is more worried about people smoking in parks and such, crime is getting out of hand again and he has his head buried in the sand

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