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96-Year-Old Man Struck by Truck and Car Dies

A 96-year-old man was critically injured after being struck by a tractor trailer, then by a car which dragged him some 50 feet on Albany Avenue. Both the car and truck then fled the scene, leaving the man barely clinging to life.

The incident occurred on Albany Avenue between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway at around 11:10am, when the 96-year-old man apparently went to move his car ahead of alternate side parking.

Eyewitnesses said that the man double parked his car across from his house on Albany and attempted to get out of his car when he was struck by the tractor trailer – which likely did not see him. A second car then struck the man, who was lying motionless on the street, and dragged him further down the block.

The driver of the car, who witnesses said was a Hispanic woman, then got out of her red Toyota sedan and took a look at the injured man, then got back in her car and fled the scene as well.

Witnesses called 911 and Hatzalah, who made an amazing Kiddush Hashem by being from the first to arrive on scene and treat the critically injured man.

He was rushed to Kings County Hospital with injuries to his head and legs, including lacerations and fractures.

A short while later the NYPD’s Accident Investigation Squad was called to reconstruct the accident scene.

The victim is listed in critical condition.

Update – 4:00pm: After frenzied attempts by surgeons to save his life, the man died from his injuries at Kings County Hospital. The victim was identified as 96-year-old Milwood Hughes.


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#1 Comment By refuah sheleima On June 23, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

We all need to be more careful, both pedestrians and drivers

#2 Comment By thats y On June 23, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

I will never, ever live here when I am old. I see old people navigating corners, getting around traffic, moving their cars – this is not the place for old people

#3 Comment By SMH On June 23, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

of course hatzalah will treat the person, but if the person is not a jew do not call hatzalah call 911

hatzalah VOL are VOL they give up their jobs and personal time to help the community call the 911 for the same token and help the person in need

#4 Comment By Anonymous On June 23, 2015 @ 3:04 pm

Hatzalah will help the person regardless of whether or not they are Jewish. You are really suggesting that people call 911 if a Hatzalah is closer and can get to the scene earlier? Minutes may mean the difference between life and death.

#5 Comment By Please don’t ever join Hatzolah On June 23, 2015 @ 4:10 pm

Hatzolah is an organization that promotes saving lives, not bigotry.

#6 Comment By Wha? On June 23, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

What have you been smoking? Of course call Hatzalah and 911.

#7 Comment By Abba On June 23, 2015 @ 5:12 pm

No way.Hatzalah is there for everyone.

#8 Comment By Milhouse On June 23, 2015 @ 10:43 pm

Of course if Hatzoloh is called for anyone they will come, but that is not what they’re there for. They give up their time and effort for the mitzvah, and it’s not a mitzvah to help everyone. Some people you help because you can’t not help them, but there’s no mitzvah and no zechus.

#9 Comment By Abba On June 24, 2015 @ 9:31 am

I’m sorry millhouse but I don’t agree.I believe there are there for everyone.

#10 Comment By Anonymous On June 24, 2015 @ 10:38 am

No zechus for saving a life? Are you kidding me? Is a Jewish life worth more than that of a non-Jew?

#11 Comment By Milhouse On June 24, 2015 @ 11:43 am

Yes, the Torah says it is. It’s not up for discussion.

#12 Comment By Anonymous On June 24, 2015 @ 6:58 pm

Well, Torah be damned, that’s a human life! It’s our human duty!

#13 Comment By Anonymous On June 25, 2015 @ 3:49 am

If it’s our human duty then why don’t you volunteer?
Hatzalah is volunteer-based and practically can’t serve the entire world.

#14 Comment By sad On June 23, 2015 @ 2:08 pm

Very sad, hope he makes its. Said to be a nice guy that has lived on the block for years

#15 Comment By EVE On June 23, 2015 @ 2:56 pm


#16 Comment By what a Shame On June 23, 2015 @ 3:03 pm

Hope he makes it :(

#17 Comment By CHERRYBIM On June 23, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

“I will never, ever live here when I am old”

He made to 95 by living “here”.

#18 Comment By to #3 On June 23, 2015 @ 3:14 pm

You are an uncaring person!

#19 Comment By Who made this video? On June 23, 2015 @ 4:20 pm

Doesn’t seem to be a surveillance camera automated video.

How did they happen to film it and why didn’t someone react more quickly?

Seems very strange…

#20 Comment By Tar Hill On June 23, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

It was shot from the security camera of the car repair shop on the block. I recognize the owner’s voice on the video.

#21 Comment By @No. 3 On June 23, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

You should be ashamed at yourself! Why should it matter what the victim’s ethnicity is? An emergency is an emergency. Hatzalah was close by, and heard the call…. they did the right thing.

#22 Comment By Milhouse On June 23, 2015 @ 10:45 pm

The Torah says it matters.

#23 Comment By Anonymous On June 24, 2015 @ 10:43 am

Please, take a moment to educate yourself.


If there is an explicit mention in the Torah that advocates saving a Jewish life over a non-Jewish one, I’d love to see it. Not a rabbinical interpretation mind you, but an actual citation.

#24 Comment By Milhouse On June 24, 2015 @ 11:46 am

Your link cites the Gemara, the Rambam, the Bach, etc. That is the Torah.

#25 Comment By Anonymous On June 24, 2015 @ 12:53 pm

Talmudic commentary is not the Torah, no matter how highly you prize the words of the late sages. My request stands.

#26 Comment By to anoynomous On June 25, 2015 @ 10:03 pm

firstly- the talmud is the torah shebaal peh. if you dont believe in that, i think you are an apikores. secondly,. even if a jewish life is worth more, it doesnt take away the fact that a non jewish life is worth something!

#27 Comment By to#10 On June 23, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

Caring is relevent,.. ever thought of the lawsuits that a African American wouldn’t hesitate to bring against hatzolah ??? Stop being heroes on someone else cheshbon!!!!!!

#28 Comment By mendy w. On June 23, 2015 @ 7:58 pm

This wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have a stupid system of alternate side parking.

#29 Comment By The second driver On June 23, 2015 @ 8:16 pm

To be perfectly honest I can’t fully blame the second driver. There is absolutely no way she could have seen the man lying on the road. She probably thought that her car was dragging a cardboard box or something like that, and when she realized what she was dragging, she panicked and ran.

Definitely the WRONG thing to do, but hard to judge when one is in a state of panic.

The truck driver on the other hand should be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

#30 Comment By @#20 On June 24, 2015 @ 9:40 am

If anyone gets charged with vehicular manslaughter, it is going to be the second driver. She got out of her car, did not call 911, and fled the scene.

#31 Comment By horrible On June 24, 2015 @ 1:32 am

Apart from the horrific tragedy of the whole accident, 96 year olds should not be driving. It is possible the victim didn’t look to see if there was any traffic coming. Yes, young people don’t look either. But 96 behind the wheel???

Surely the cops can find that woman? The truck just sailed on, probably didn’t even realize. But that woman?? Unbelievable. I hope she gets jail time, she basically left him to die. His family must be devastated.

#32 Comment By Ethnicity On June 24, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

When the Torah places our priority for our brothers, is this comparable to the way of the world? Human nature, ordinarily, is to care and give priority to close family members over, let’s say, good friends. Does the same apply here, because Jews are like on big family, or because the Goyim are bad people who deserve to, you know…?

#33 Comment By SHAME on #3 and Milhouse On June 24, 2015 @ 11:15 pm

Think before you speak. What fool writes what you did?? You sound as bad as the NAZIS, yemach shemom. Why are you different?
Did you stop to think a moment whether you may one day be in a situation where a Non Jew may have to save your life?? Remind them what a bigot you are before they try to help you.

#34 Comment By shimon On June 25, 2015 @ 12:18 am

great commentary on the video. these guys should apply for jobs as sports announcers

#35 Comment By eric brooks On June 25, 2015 @ 9:48 am

the woman should be locked up for leaving the scene of an accident and not calling 911

#36 Comment By em2 On June 25, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

mi mispar shemona ad echod esray, ze mashahu sh’ anashim sh lo mi shelanu lo tzrichim lirot. tikach zeh sh lo yiroo. takshiv lifney machnisim ma sh b’moach shelachem. ve tedaber im rav im rotzim ledat inyon k’zeh.
meod atzuv