BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Updated July 15, 12:45 a.m.: A woman in her mid-80s was fatally struck by a huge tow truck at Union Square around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police said.
Police identified the victim as Antoinette Turrigiano, 85, of Lindenwood, Queens.
According to a police spokesperson, Turrigiano was crossing midblock at E. 17th St. and Broadway when she was hit by a “heavy-duty” 2016 Peterbilt tow truck traveling westbound on 17th St. Apparently, it happened right in front of the Barnes & Noble superstore.
“She may have been jaywalking,” a police spokesperson said, though adding that the information was still coming in.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by E.M.S.
Her body lay under a sheet well over an hour and half on a hot afternoon while the Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad was at the scene.
The driver remained at the location, police said.
— With reporting by Mary Reinholz