A 39-year-old man was killed in the East Village yesterday afternoon when he was hit in the face by a tire swing.

According to the NY Post, "The victim was watching his niece and took her to Tompkins Square Park, sources said. The pair went over to the swing set and the child got onto the tire swing The uncle began pushing the swing, but stood too close and was hit in the face around 4 p.m."

The man, who had severe trauma, died at Beth Israel Hospital.

While the tire swings are beloved by some parkgoers, the NY Times previously reported that "fear of litigation led New York City officials to remove seesaws, merry-go-rounds and the ropes that young Tarzans used to swing from one platform to another. Letting children swing on tires became taboo because of fears that the heavy swings could bang into a child."