- Last Updated: 1:57 PM, May 18, 2012
- Posted: 1:21 PM, May 18, 2012
An elderly man using a walker was struck and killed in Manhattan early today, police said.
The 76-year-old pedestrian, whose name was not released, tried to cross East 23rd Street, near Second Avenue, outside of the crosswalk when he was hit by an elderly woman driving her 1997 Accura west about 1:10 a.m., cops said. Witnesses said he had left his nearby home to purchase some items from CVS.
“He went literally twenty feet flying into the air, his walker went forty feet” said witness Josh Fox, 35, president of Gramercy Condos. “He just came down and smashed the windshield and went straight to the ground. It was tragic to watch that. He was gasping for his last breath of air, it was torture. He didn’t have a shot.”
The 72-year-old driver remained on the scene. EMS found the man unconscious with severe trauma to his body, and took him to Bellevue Hospital, where he died, authorities said.
No criminality is suspected.
Fox said the man recently had hip surgery, but liked to walk around the neighborhood whenever he wanted to get some air.