Teacher Struck and Killed by NYPD Van

By Jess Wisloski on July 7, 2013 10:25am 

 A police van crashed into a pedestrian in Williamsburg on July 6, 2013.
A police van crashed into a pedestrian in Williamsburg on July 6, 2013.
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WILLIAMSBURG — A Spanish teacher was crossing the street under an elevated train line in Brooklyn when he was struck and killed by an NYPD van, police said.

Felix Coss, 61, who taught at the Beginning with Children charter school in Brooklyn, was crossing Broadway from the south side to the north underneath the Hewes Street J and M station at around 4:30 p.m., police said.

That's when a marked police van traveling southbound on Hooper Street took a left turn on to Broadway, striking Coss, police said. Coss was rushed to Bellevue Hospital but declared dead on arrival, police said.

According to police Coss lived just blocks away on Hewes Street, and had celebrated his 61st birthday on Friday. The class page written by "Señor Coss" on the charter school's website had images of Puerto Rico, including a map of the island and the country's flag.

It was unclear immediately if the police were responding to an emergency when the accident occurred. An investigation was ongoing, the NYPD said.

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