Crash at Canal and Mulberry Streets in Chinatown Injures One Critically

By Ben Fractenberg on January 20, 2012 3:05pm | Updated on January 20, 2012 4:12pm

A man was a struck at Canal and Mulberry streets on Fri., Jan 20, police and witnesses said.
A man was a struck at Canal and Mulberry streets on Fri., Jan 20, police and witnesses said.
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MANHATTAN — A man suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle at a busy Chinatown intersection Friday afternoon, authorities and witnesses said.

The elderly victim was hit on Canal Street at Mulberry Street about 2:40 p.m., police and witnesses said.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with life-threatening injuries, though the circumstances regarding the crash were not immediately clear, police added.

Cops at the scene said the driver continued down Canal Street after striking the man and crossed the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn.

Police said that the victim might have been standing between two trucks parked on Canal Street before attempting to cross the road, adding that the driver might not have seen him.

A witness said he saw the victim on the street covered in blood.

"He was laying on the ground, blood on his face," said Mark Thomeson, 31, a driver who was making a delivery in the area at the time. "His pants were ripped up. He was trying to roll on his back."

The witness said he did not see the vehicle that struck the man.

It was unclear if there was any criminality involved in the incident, authorities said.

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