A 25-year-old woman was run over by a Dept. of Sanitation truck driver last night around 7 p.m. as she crossed Broadway near Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Katherine Yun, an NYU graduate originally from Syosset, Long Island. Witnesses tell the Daily News Yun was crossing Broadway headed north when she was run over by the eastbound truck driver.
"She was walking down the street—the driver definitely didn't see her,” Danny Massri, who was outside Peter Luger steakhouse when the accident happened, tells the News. "The truck hit her. People kept yelling 'Call an ambulance! Call an ambulance!" First responders found Yun's body pinned under the rear wheels of the truck, and she was rushed to Woodhull Hospital, where she died.
The Times reports that the driver of the truck, Hushai Finnell, 32, has worked for the agency since 2004. He was on-duty at the time, and he stayed at the scene. Massri tells the News, "The driver looked very nervous. He came out of the truck. He could not believe it. He was shaking out of nervousness."
A DSNY spokeswoman tells the Post, "The entire tragic event is under investigation," but the NYPD says no criminality is suspected. The accident occurred a day after a 57-year-old Bronx man was struck and killed by a school bus driver in the Bronx. The driver in that incident dragged victim Milo Montivilla down the street before pedestrians were able to flag him down. According to the News, the driver "was too distressed to talk at the scene but could be overheard telling a supervisor on the phone: 'I didn’t see him. It was too dark.' " No criminality was suspected in that death, as well, and Streetsblog's Brad Aaron writes:
“I didn’t seem him/her” are the magic words for the motorist who pulverizes another person, even if the victim is breaking no laws, is directly in front of the vehicle when hit, and is dragged down the street until passersby intervene. The driver’s speed, the possibility that he was distracted in some way — these factors seemingly become irrelevant to police and prosecutors when presented with the invisible pedestrian or cyclist defense, despite state laws enacted to protect vulnerable street users from everyday driver negligence.