Authorities say Gedalia Gruntzweig, 25, who attends the school in Morristown, NJ, was in Brooklyn for a friend’s engagement party. He and friend were attempting to cross at the intersection of Carroll Street and Kingston Ave. when they garbage truck stuck Gruntzweig.
Gruntzweig was knocked to the ground by the front wheels of the truck and run over by the rear wheels. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
But fault is a little hard to determine in this case according to surveillance footage obtained by the police. The footage shows several pedestrians waiting to cross the street when the garbage truck which had a green light began to take a right turn, the New York Post reported.
The video footage taken from a corner store also showed that Grunzweig and his friend had a green walk signal.
“I heard these terrible screams,” witness Abraham Greisman told the New York Post. “All I saw was the truck, the driver getting out, pacing back and forth. He must have been in shock.”
Authorities said the sanitation truck driver did not see Gruntzweig step into the street prior to the accident. He stayed on the scene and was cooperating with authorities. Police are not planning on issuing the driver a citation.
Police said the sanitation truck was working to clean up trash that had begun to pile up after a bout of bad weather.
The Sanitation Department released this statement following the tragedy:
“The Department of Sanitation offers its deepest condolences to the family of the young man lost today, and the entire Crown Heights community. The department mourns this tragedy, and will work with the police department in their full and complete investigation of this accident.”
Gruntzweig was a Ukrainian national and was an only child.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a statement via his Facebook page reminding his constituents to take extra precautions. “Sadly, this incident once again underscores the need for motorists, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, to take extra precautions in hazardous weather conditions, such as we have experienced this winter,” Adams said.
In most accidents, the at-fault party doesn’t intend to harm or kill another motorist. But even though there is no intention to harm, the negligent truck driver and their employer can be held accountable for the resulting injuries or deaths.
In this particular accident, the cause is pretty cut and dry, but there are many truck accidents where responsibility is not readily apparent. When injury or wrongful death victims wish to seek compensation for their injuries, it is critical they get retain a New York truck accident attorney to help build a solid case, and establish which party or parties are responsible for compensating the accident victim. Having the help of a truck accident attorney will assure the victim is receives a just settlement.