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Man Suffers Head Injuries After Being Hit by Van on Upper East Side

By  Wil Cruz Alan Neuhauser and Julie  Shapiro | June 15, 2012 9:19am 

UPPER EAST SIDE — A man was hit by a van and suffered head injured while crossing East End Avenue Friday morning , officials and witnesses said.

The pedestrian, 23, was crossing the street at East 86th Street about 8:45 a.m. when a van making a left turn slammed into him, the FDNY and witnesses said.

The man suffered a gash to his head and was rushed to New York Downtown Hospital, the FDNY said. He was conscious but his condition was unknown.

"I heard a thud," said Mario Ferlich, 53, a porter at 130 East End Ave., which is at the corner of East 86th Street "I turned around and just saw a gentleman laying on the ground."

Ferlich said two people rushed over to the man, who had fallen in the middle of East End Avenue.

"He was lying sideways," Ferlich said. "He was moving his legs and he had an arm under his head."

The driver, whom Ferlich described as a middle-aged man wearing a suit and dress shoes, remained at the scene, Ferlich said. 

Anthony Eugenia, 42, a doorman at 130 East End Ave., said the intersection is dangerous because the traffic light turns green and the walk sign goes on at the exact same moment.

"There's always people yelling at cars," Eugenia said.

An Upper East Side resident who gave his name as Steve S., 60, said he had seen the victim walking his dog on East End Avenue.

"Eighty-Sixth Street is murder," he said. "Pedestrians and drivers rush to make the light.

"I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often."