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NYC Sanitation Truck Strikes, Kills College Student In Brooklyn

Police cordon off a Crown Heights intersection where a man was struck and killed by a sanitation truck on Feb. 23, 2014. (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

Police cordon off a Crown Heights intersection where a man was struck and killed by a sanitation truck on Feb. 23, 2014. (credit: Glenn Schuck/1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A college student from Ukraine was struck and killed by a city sanitation truck Sunday morning in Brooklyn, police said.

As 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reported, the 26-year-old man, who attended the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, N.J., was in Crown Heights to attend an engagement party.

Community activist Geoffrey Davis said he was briefed by police about the accident and watched surveillance video of it.

“Two young men were standing on a corner talking,” he explained. “A few people were walking up. One with a child was walking behind them. As they were talking, the truck was coming up very slowly and making a right turn, and they just stepped right in the street as the truck was making the right turn, and it hit them.

“Everything was moving slow, so the truck wasn’t speeding. It was tragic.”

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical technicians.

Police are waiting to notify the man’s family before releasing his name.

City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, D-Brooklyn, said officials are “being very sensitive right now because the young man’s family does not live in the United States.”

The investigation is ongoing. The driver of the truck remained at the scene.

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