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Man Dead After Being Struck By Pickup Truck At Dyker Heights Bus Stop

Crash Followed Violent Collision Between 2 Vehicles On Bay Ridge Parkway
Dyker Heights Crash (credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

Dyker Heights Crash (credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 71-year-old man is dead, after being struck while waiting for a bus in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn this week.

James McCloskey was pronounced dead at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday at Lutheran Medical Center, police said.

He had just finished breakfast and walked to the bus stop when the unthinkable happened. On Tuesday morning, 1996 Isuzu Oasis minivan was headed south on 13th Avenue approaching Bay Ridge Parkway when it was struck by a 1996 Dodge Ram pickup truck headed east on Bay Ridge Parkway.

The impact sent the truck flying over the curb into the bus shelter where McCloskey was sittiing.

Witnesses said many at the bus stop scrambled away, but McCloskey, who was sitting on a bench, couldn’t get out in time, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported.

“Everybody got together; tried to help the man,” said witness Eric Aminov. “We couldn’t help, really, like you know — what else we could do?”

The drivers of both vehicles stayed at the scene, while emergency responders rushed McCloskey to Lutheran Medical Center. He was last reported in critical condition.

Surveillance video showed McCloskey minutes before the accident. He ate breakfast every day at the nearby Parkway Restaurant.

The manager of the restaurant said the man was quiet, but friendly. He would read the paper and often comment on the ups and downs of his favorite sports teams.

He walked out of the restaurant around 11:40 a.m. and crossed the street to the bus stop, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported. He had no idea of the horrible fate he would soon meet.

Police said there was no criminality in the accident, but police said the driver of the minivan received a ticket for an expired driver’s license.

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