Elderly Man Killed by National Guard Truck in Chinatown
DOWNTOWN — An 82-year-old man was struck and killed by a National Guard truck in Chinatown Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The camouflage vehicle hit Kwok Fu of Flushing, Queens, near the intersection of Canal and Centre streets around 1:30 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said.
Fu was crossing Canal Street from north to south when he was struck by a National Guard Personnel Carrier that was travelling westboung on Canal Street, police said.
According to a witness, the truck involved in the accident was the first in a caravan of National Guard trucks that was moving through the area.
Peter Wang, who sells tourist items at the nearby Phoenix Mall, said the man was crossing Canal Street when he was hit, the force of the impact scattering his belongings across the busy street.
"He was under the car. One of his legs was up in the air," said Wang, adding that the man didn't move after he was struck.
The man was rushed to New York Downtown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The driver remained at the scene of the accident, police said.
No criminality is suspected in the accident, and police said the investigation is ongoing.
National Guard units from around the country have flooded New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, bringing food and supplies to areas hard hit by the storm.
But it was not clear where the truck was from or where it was headed.