[UPDATE BELOW] The FDNY accidentally dropped a car on a City College student it was trying to save earlier today, according to the NY Post. Karam Rampersaud, a 21-year-old student at City College, was on his way to class at about 8:45 a.m. this morning, when a Ford Taurus hit his Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle, pinning him underneath the car.
Witnesses told the Post that the FDNY arrived and attempted to lift the car off of Rampersaud, but it slipped and landed on him. "The car was about four feet up, then the car just dropped right back down," says one witness. "Right on him. Everybody in the crowd screamed." Rampersaud was eventually taken to Brookdale Hospital, but he died while there.
Police say that the driver of the Taurus was a 70-year-old woman, and that she was issued a summons for failure to yield. An FDNY spokesperson told us, "The operations of the incident are being reviewed."
UPDATE: First responders with the FDNY and NYPD say the motorcycle rider died from injuries sustained during the crash—not because the car slipped off its jack during the rescue attempt. More details here.