NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A pedestrian has been struck and killed by a postal truck in Brooklyn Friday evening.

Surveillance video captured the moment a U.S. Postal Service truck stopped at a crosswalk, then started to drive just as the man walked in front.

USPS truck hits and kills man in Brooklyn on May 3, 2019. (Credit: CBS2)

Police say 52-year-old Charles McClean was killed at the intersection of MacDougal Street and Howard Avenue around 5 p.m.

“I was with my brother last night,” Arkim McClean, the victim’s brother said.

“I was getting him to go to church with me… but when God calls, God calls. That’s all I can say.”

The USPS truck driver stopped on the other side of the intersection and stayed at the scene until police arrived.

The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad spent the following hours probing the block and questioning the driver.

The accident happened right around the corner from where the victim lives. On one side of the intersection, a post office, and on the other, a corner store McClean frequented almost every day.

“That’s the furthest he would go is to that store,” the victim’s brother added.

McClean leaves behind two twin, five-year-old daughters.

“Those little twin girls love their dad and they don’t have their mother in their life. My sister is their adoptive parent so it’s gonna be rough,” Arkim McClean explained.

USPS told CBS2 it is cooperating with authorities. Police are still investigating and have not made any arrests.

Comments (2)
  1. Heather Aaronson says:

    “…U.S. Postal Service truck stopped at a crosswalk” should probably have read “…U.S. Postal Service truck stopped IN a crosswalk,” forcing the pedestrian to walk outside the crosswalk, where he was struck by the driver who, had he stopped where he should have, would have seen him.

    “…no blame for the postal worker.” should probably be rethought too. Likely some poor shnook cutting corners (or crosswalks) trying to get back to their station before their shift ended, but that’s not an acceptable reason for killing someone. In my opinion, anyway.

    Was the driver tested for drugs and alcohol?

  2. Terry Mi says:

    Condolences to family, and no blame for the postal worker.

    Now just what was the pedestrian thinking. No way the driver could even see him.

    I never ever assume a driver will stop, I wait to make sure.

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