An elderly man in his 70’s will no doubt lose his legs after he was hit and his legs were crushed by a large tractor trailer truck on 168 St right near the 103rd precinct. Even though 168 (a narrow street to begin with) is considered a truck route, this heavily pedestrian traveled stretch by people from kids in strollers to elderly going to banks and stores SHOULD NOT be a truck route. This was always an accident waiting to happen and now we have an elderly man whose only crime was going to the bank, will lose both this legs.
In the meantime these large trucks still travel on residential streets like 170th and Foch Blvd with abandonment. While a big crackdown has definitely slowed many of these trucks from using it, many local private waste trucks still blatantly use these streets.
In the meantime, even after the NY1 story aired about illegally parked trucks inside Jamaica’s LIRR overpass tunnels (and on streets with no parking signs) and after my several 311 complaints about one particular truck parked in the Merrick LIRR Tunnel, weeks later show is still sitting their with another trucks two blocks away parked on a NO PARKING ANYTIME area. Also notice the garbage dumped in the Merrick Tunnel, which was reported to 311 and not removed and in the meantime, more garbage has been illegally dumped there.
That horrible poisonous Royal Waste company still amazed me that a couple of decades ago they were given the green light to put their polluting thug place in a area, where just a block away are residential houses, a NYCHA Senior Citizen apartment building and Detective Keith Williams Park is directly across from this poison on Liberty. Beside all the noise from Royal Waste and the trucks polluting the air with all their diesel fueled trucks, the awful stench from this facility can be smelled for blocks and blocks north, south, east and west and all of this right near downtown Jamaica.
So exactly WHAT is being done not only with all these trucks driving and parking illegally and a facility that is god knows the health effects on people including children and elderly, but WHAT is being done about all these auto shop places that have turned city and residential streets and sidewalks into complete junkyards. WHY are not these issues not only being addressed, BUT something concrete being done about them. So elected officials WHY are you not addressing these ISSUES or are the street naming ceremonies taking up too much of your time.
In the meantime take a good look at this graphic photo of this poor elderly man.
From The Daily News:
The unidentified victim, who is believed to be in his 70s, was crossing Jamaica Ave. near 168th St. in Jamaica Hills around 12:15 p.m. when he was hit by a dairy truck, witnesses said.
“I saw the man laying down in the street. One leg was under the wheel,” said Abbas Fayezi, 47, owner of a clothing store near the accident scene.
First responders used an air bag to lift the tire off the victim, who was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with massive leg injuries. He was expected to survive, officials said.
“I feel so bad for the guy,” Fayezi said about the victim, who he’s seen around the neighborhood. “He’s an old guy. He was just on his way to the bank.”
The driver of the dairy truck remained at the scene. No charges were filed.
“The driver was so nervous and screaming,” Fayezi said. “He was freaking out.”