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Elderly Man Hit by Tour Bus on Upper West Side

By Jess Wisloski | January 11, 2014 4:15pm
 A 73-year-old man was killed while crossing a UWS street on January 10, 2014.
A 73-year-old man was killed while crossing a UWS street on January 10, 2014.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — A 73-year-old man was struck and killed on Friday while he tried to cross Broadway on Friday, police said.

The victim's name had not been released, but police said the man was found lat 8:26 p.m. lying in the street at the corner of West 96th Street and a private bus that had struck him stayed put.

Rescuers pronounced the elderly man dead at the scene, police said. 

Early investigation revealed that the private tour bus had been headed southbound on Broadway and was making a left turn onto 96th when it struck the man as he crossed the intersection, police said.

The accident was the first of two fatal crashes within a block of one another in the neighborhood on Friday night. Shortly thereafter, 9-year-old Cooper Stock was struck and killed on West End Avenue by a taxi cab making a turn.

Comptroller Scott Stringer, the former borough president, said he looked towards some swift changes with the DOT.

Already in 2014 the city had seen 9 traffic-related deaths, he said.

"Last night's tragic pedestrian deaths on the Upper West Side send a clear and urgent message: The time for studying the 96th Street traffic corridor is over, and New York City needs to take action now that will prevent such fatalities in the future," he said in a release.

"My heart goes out to the families of last night's victims," he added.

Police said an investigation into both deaths was ongoing.