Heart attack leads to three-way collision on Foster Avenue

Dollar van hits sedan then bagel truck after driver’s heart coronary

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A heart attack clogged one of Canarsie’s major arteries on Jan. 31.

Authorities said a livery van driver suffered a coronary at the wheel of his Econoline, sideswiped a BMW sedan, and then plowed into the back of a double-parked bagel delivery truck at the corner of East 100th Street and Foster Avenue.

Police sources said they got the call about the accident at 2:31 pm, and arrived to find the intersection a disaster zone — with the 36-year-old van driver unconscious and pinned amid wreckage in the destroyed cab of his vehicle. Fire Department medics removed the man and transported him to Brookdale Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.

FDNY said one other person was taken to the medical center in an unspecified condition. The truck was unoccupied at the time of the crash, and the van was empty except for the driver.

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JOSE from E. FLATBUSH says:
I assume that like all the others he wasn't insured as a "for hire" vehicle so if there were any apssengers they would be ouit of luck as far as a claim. There are these vans on the road in violation of the law with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Florida plates illegally picking up fares. The police do nothing about it!

Did he even file taxes as we legitimate drivers do? Any loss of life is tragic, but he lived outside the law.
Feb. 4, 2014, 2:56 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
José, nothing will be done about this illegal van driver for the same reason there was no arrests made at Kings Plaza riot nor any real punishment for the gang of thugs who assaulted a young family on Ave. U with violence and racial epithets.
There is a strong political force in play here that seems to be influencing the police and other agencies to go easy on crime in this area. What else would explain why for decades vans are allowed to pick up passengers on a New York City bus route (Flatbush Avenue) siphoning much-needed revenue and causing increased fares for law abiding commuters.
Feb. 4, 2014, 8:51 pm

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