Shui Yung Jaing was just a few blocks from his home when he was crashed into by the driver of a tow truck, who left him injured in the street.
From the Daily News:
A callous tow truck driver was collared for running over a bicyclist on
a Brooklyn street and peeling away from the scene on Friday, leaving
the victim to die, sources said.
The 46-year-old driver stopped and got out of his truck after he mowed
down Shui Yung Jiang, 68, while making a right turn on 65th St. from
Sixth Ave. in Bay Ridge about 9:30 a.m., the sources said.
Jiang, who was riding his bike along Sixth Ave. when he was hit, died before emergency responders arrived at the scene.
“I’m very furious,” said Jiang’s nephew, Kenny Shih, 34. “He should have stayed there. It’s unforgivable.”
Witnesses told police that the driver stepped out of his truck and
looked around before he drove away from the scene. A bystander jotted
down the New York license plate of the fleeing vehicle, which cops found
The driver told detectives that he didn’t know he ran over the
bicyclist and that he only stopped to ask someone for directions, a
Charges were pending against the unidentified driver.
“He is so kind,” said Jiang’s daughter-in-law, Karen Wu, as the family
held a vigil where the bicyclist died. “Such a happy person.”
From the Bay Ridge Journal Home Reporter
Because an alert witness took his license number, tow truck driver James
Billups, who left 68-year-old cyclist Shui Yung Jiang dying in the
street at Sixth Ave. at 65th Street in Bay Ridge yesterday morning is in custody and charged with leaving the scene and failure to exercise due care.
Jiang, who lived just a few blocks away on 65th Street between 10th and
11th Avenues, was turning right onto 65th Street from 6th Avenue at
around 9:30 AM when Billups hit him.
Billups was observed stopping, getting out of the truck and looking
around, then getting back into the truck and driving away, leaving the
fatally injured Jiang lying in the street.
Jiang was dead by the time first responders arrived.
Billups denied knowing that he had run over Jiang, saying he had only stopped to ask for directions.
For cyclists and pedestrians, the area where the hit-and-run occurred,
near the Interstate on the Sunset Park border, is a lawless no-man's
land dominated by automotive dealerships and speeding traffic.
An important takeaway: when you see lawless driving, get the license number.