Pedestrian killed when pole struck by MTA bus falls on him in Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, NY – An investigation is underway into the death of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a falling pole in Brooklyn last week, according to the New York Post.

Pedestrian fatally struck by falling pole in Brooklyn

(Photo from the New York Post)

Police say it happened when an MTA bus driver was trying to navigate around a vehicle that had broken down on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on April 8 at about 7 p.m. When the bus swerved, its side mirror hit a pole on the sidewalk. The pole then toppled and struck 59-year-old Lance Margolin of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, who was walking home near Utica Avenue.

Margolin was rushed to the Kings County Hospital Center. He passed away from his injuries on Saturday. The 36-year-old bus driver was not injured in the crash and remained at the scene.

The NYPD’s Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing to look into the fatal accident.

In a statement, MTA Bus Company President Craig Cipriano called the incident “a tragedy for all involved”, and added, “We are fully cooperating with the NYPD’s investigation, and the bus operator has been withheld from passenger service pending a thorough internal review.”

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