70-Year-Old Pedestrian Loses Both Legs in Upper East Side Truck Collision
By Nicole Bode
DNAinfo Senior Editor
MANHATTAN — A 70-year-old woman crossing the street on the Upper East Side had both of her legs severed by a tractor trailer Tuesday morning, police said.
The unidentified victim was walking in the crosswalk across Third Avenue along East 83rd Street around 9:35 a.m. when the truck's driver turned north on Third Avenue and struck her, police said.
The pedestrian was taken to New York—Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
"It was in front of our store, but I didn't see it," said Spence-Chapin Thrift Store saleswoman Orlean Bowen, "I saw the blood but I didn't know whose fault it was."
The driver stayed on the scene of the accident and was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian and was also hit with four summonses for commercial violations, police said.
The truck belonged to Tri-Star Lumber Corporation, police said. Calls to the company's Long Island City location went unanswered.
The driver was not criminally charged, police said. He was not identified.