By Ben Fractenberg and Patrick Hedlund
DNAinfo News Editor
CHINATOWN — A man was killed after the driver of an NYPD van lost control and jumped a curb near a police precinct on Elizabeth Street Friday morning, police said.
The NYPD Auxiliary vehicle was pulling out of a parking spot across from the 5th Precinct at 19 Elizabeth St., near Canal Street, just after 11 a.m., when the driver lost control and struck a pedestrian and an unmarked police car, the NYPD said.
Kok Hoe Tee, 55, of Brooklyn, was brought to New York Downtown Hospital in cardiac arrest and pronounced dead a short time later, police and fire officials said.
The driver of the vehicle was identified by police sources as Shuck Seid, 85, chief of the Auxiliary unit.
The NYPD's Highway Patrol Accident Investigation Squad is investigating the sequence of events that led to the fatal accident, but no criminality is suspected, police added.
A waiter who was working at the South China Garden restaurant across the street at the time said he saw at least one member of the police department being helped out of the van's driver's seat.
The victim's brother, who was at the scene Friday afternoon, said Tee visited Chinatown every day looking for a job.
"I don't know how to tell my father this," said Chen Wah Tee, 47, in Chinese, adding that his brother was planning to visit their father in Malaysia.
"He's my only family in the U.S."