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70-Year-Old Pedestrian Loses Both Legs in Upper East Side Truck Collision

By Nicole Bode | May 18, 2010 6:51pm 
The man was rushed to the Cornell Medical Center.
The man was rushed to the Cornell Medical Center.
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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.

A 70-year-old woman was struck by a truck and had both legs severed Monday.
A 70-year-old woman was struck by a truck and had both legs severed Monday.
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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.

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