BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Updated Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: A young worker was killed by a bucket truck a.k.a.cherry picker that his own father was operating in the East Village on Friday morning.
A police spokesperson said the incident occurred at 8:38 a.m. at First Avenue and Seventh Street. Ommatt Cruz, 19, a Staten Island resident, was doing traffic control as the cherry picker was being backed up onto a flatbed truck when he was struck in the intersection. Police and emergency responders found Cruz with severe body trauma, unconscious and unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene.
The 42-year-old operator who was reversing the cherry picker has not been charged at this point. An investigation by the Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.
On Saturday, the Daily News and New York Post reported that the cherry picker’s driver was, in fact, the victim’s own father.
Cruz’s death was reported Friday morning three hours after the fatal accident in an e-mail alert by Transportation Alternatives. The TA alert noted that, within the past 24 hours, drivers had also fatally struck pedestrians in Hell’s Kitchen and Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.