MURRAY HILL, Manhattan — A woman was struck and killed by an oil truck in Manhattan Friday morning.
Sarah Foster was crossing the street at East 37th Street and Third Avenue in Murray Hill just before 6 a.m. when she was struck by a what police say is a delivery truck.
Cameras on scene show the truck involved is owned by Approved Oil.
The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
The driver, identified as Steven McDermott of Brooklyn, remained on the scene. The 51-year-old driver was subsequently charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian and failing to exercise due care, according to police.
Ellen McDermott, the Interim Executive Director for Transportation Alternatives called Foster’s death “a shocking, preventable tragedy,” and released the following statement:
“Third Avenue is a six-lane highway running through a pedestrian-dense and largely residential part of Manhattan, with no visible traffic-calming measures in place. If the New York City Department of Transportation had installed simple, commonsense, low-cost improvements to this dangerous street, this woman would be alive today. Pedestrian refuges, protected intersections, and daylighting — removing parking spaces at intersections to improve turn visibility — cost next to nothing and protect every New Yorker as they cross the street.
Drivers of large vehicles and professional working drivers, like the truck driver who killed this 27 year-old, bear a great responsibility to travel with caution in crowded urban environments. But the best way to force every driver to travel with care is to design streets that mandate safe behavior. As a nearby resident, this crash is a terrifying wake-up call. It’s long past time for Mayor de Blasio to make Third Avenue safe, before another New Yorker is killed or injured.”