2 Young People Struck By Box Truck, One Critical In Bath Beach Crash

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BATH BEACH – Police are holding a 63-year-old driver of a box truck who struck two pedestrians on 86th Street in Bath Beach this afternoon, police said. Police officials say they suspect the driver attempted to flee the scene at about 3:10 p.m. when he hit the second pedestrian before hitting a pole that supports the elevated trains at the corner of Bay 35th Street and 86th Street.

A worker from the truck talks to police. Todd Maisel/ Bklyner

Charges are pending and he is being held at the 62nd Precinct on Bath Avenue.

Witnesses say the driver of the box truck apparently lost control while making a turn onto Bay 35th Street, striking a 26-year-old man on a skateboard. The force of the truck threw the young man into the window of Nyonya Malaysian Restaurant at 2322 86th Street.

Workers in the restaurant stand stunned inside after the crash. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The driver, according to witnesses, then tried to make a hard u-turn back onto 86th Street, striking a 24-year-old woman and then hitting the steel support beam of the elevated trains.

The 26-year-old man sustained severe head injuries and was rushed to Coney Island Hospital where he was clinging to life, police said. The 24-year-old woman was taken to Maimonides Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

A witness who would not give his name said he saw the truck hit the young man and then “it looked like he tried to get away, but he hit the pole.”

The skateboard the young man was using sits at the curb on 86th Street. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The driver, not identified but was working for AHD Trading of Meserole Street in Greenpoint, was taken to the precinct and was being questioned by 62nd Precinct detectives. Another man who was in the truck with him stayed at the scene and was being questioned by NYPD Highway patrol investigators. It was unclear at this time why the driver kept going after hitting the young man. Police were viewing video from local stores to see exactly how the crash occurred.

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Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel

Todd Maisel is an award-winning photographer with more than 35-years, specializing in breaking news. He currently serves as vice president of the New York Press Photographers. He was honored by the National Press Photographers Association and the Uniform Firefighters Association for saving the life of a firefighter he found in debris after the collapse of the World Trade Center, assisting in the rescue of an injured photographer, and for extensive coverage of the attack. Maisel is a graduate of NYU School of Journalism.


  1. Todd, is there any way to get more exposure on the dangerous driving in the Dyker Heights/ Bay ridge / Bensonhurst area? We desperately need to get the attention of the DOT. All they do is perform ‘studies’ for years and people die before they act. We need them to be proactive and quicker. Our area is overly crowded and we need the amenities necessary to make our streets safer.

  2. Total insanity. Why would anyone do this? Hit a young man, then, keep going, hit a young woman, hit a pole? It’s insane. The best hope is to take emotion out of the equation, no? That would be driverless cars. Got some time for that. In the meantime, we must get our neighbors to stop their family members from driving crazy. To drive more carefully. Bikers are getting hit and killed too. More bikers out, more incidents. That means not just drivers must be more careful, but bikers running red lights and riding like they own the road. I’ve seen that too often and bikes always lose. And pedestrians crossing streets while texting, talking distracted. I’ve had pedestrians walk into my vehicle waiting a red lights. Walking into moving vehicles. This is an issue for everyone, not just drivers, not just bikers not just pedestrians but everyone. The streets are more crowded than ever and we all must pay attention and travel as though the other guy is insane. That means cautious travel for all. Please, be careful and stay safe.

  3. I live at 86th Street and 21st Ave, I’m a young, athletic man – and I have to be super aware and super quick when crossing the streets in Bensonhurst. Drivers in our area are insane road raging maniacs. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to cross the streets for older people, mothers with strollers and people with physical disabilities.

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