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A 75 year old Staten Island man was killed by a minivan yesterday afternoon on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hoyt Street. Alvaro Fernandez, who would chat with his friend Augustin Abreu on the Hoyt Street Market and Deli's bench, was hit when a minivan tried to make a right turn from Atlantic Avenue. The minivan was rear-ended by an ambulette and jumped a curbed and crashed into the deli's building. Then the ambulette hit two other cars on Atlantic Avenue.

Fernandez was pronounced dead at Staten Island Hospital; Abreu and the minivan's driver were taken to another hospital with minor injuries. The Staten Island Advance reported that Fernandez used to live in Boerum Hill before moving to Staten Island five years ago; he and Abreu had been friends for over 40 years. The police have not charged anyone with a crime.

Photograph by David Shulman