An 81-year-old man was killed yesterday after he was struck by an FDNY ambulance driver inside of an East Village crosswalk. According to police, Gen Zhan was walking north through a crosswalk at 14th Street and 2nd Avenue at 2:20 p.m. Monday when the 22-year-old driver tried to make a left turn onto 14th Street and slammed into him.
Zhan suffered severe body trauma in the crash. Sources told the Daily News that the ambulance was on its way to a non-priority call, and thus did not have its lights or sirens on.
Emergency responders rushed Zhan, who lived roughly a mile away in Kips Bay, to Bellevue Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. The unnamed ambulance driver, who the News reports has less than one year of experience with the FDNY, remained on the scene.
According to ABC, the ambulance driver also had a green arrow and right of way as they made the left turn onto 14th Street and collided with Zhan. An NYPD spokesperson said today that no criminality has been found in connection to the fatal crash, and the ambulance driver will not face charges related to Zhan's death.