A 29-year old man was crushed and killed by a dump truck near Times Square Monday evening when an attempted joyride turned deadly, cops said.
The unidentified victim was seen moments before the fatal accident getting into an argument with the truck driver as he tried to cross into the path of the oncoming vehicle as it headed westbound on 51st Street at Broadway, according to a witness.
“Him and the driver had words. Basically they was right there [51st street] and [victim] just put his hand up like ‘I’m crossing here,’ and they had attitude going back and forth,” said the witness who asked to remain anonymous.
After the brief spat, the truck kept driving. But the man ran after the truck, climbed on to the driver’s side and tried to hold on before realizing he didn’t have enough room to clear a construction fence on the south side of 51st Street.
He then made a desperate bid to dismount the 14-wheeler, only to be dragged under and killed, according to police sources.
The victim was seen covered in a white sheet, in trench where workers had dug to a water main, across from Times Square Church, Monday night. The truck, and driver both remained at the scene, and NYPD Highway unit was investigating, cops said.
Credit: NY Post