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- A 90-year-old man was fatally struck by a Department of Sanitation vehicle as he was crossing a street in Chinatown early Saturday, the NYPD said
- Police found the man lying on Canal Street with trauma to his body around 6:30 a.m.
- The driver who hit the man stayed at the scene and hadn't been charged as of Saturday afternoon, according to police
A driver in a Department of Sanitation vehicle fatally struck a 90-year-old man in Manhattan early Saturday morning, officials said.
Police found the man lying on Canal Street, near Elizabeth Street in Chinatown, with trauma to his body around 6:30 a.m., the NYPD said.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police. His name wasn’t immediately released.
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A preliminary investigation found a 61-year-old driver was traveling east on Canal Street, toward Elizabeth Street, when he hit the 90-year-old, the NYPD said.
The 90-year-old was trying to cross Canal Street from south to north when he was hit, police said, without immediately providing any additional information.
The city's Department of Sanitation confirmed one of its vehicles was involved, adding that the agency is "[taking] this tragedy very seriously."
"We are cooperating with the NYPD in their investigation," the department said in a statement. "Additionally, the Department of Sanitation is conducting its own internal investigation."
The driver remained at the scene and hadn’t been arrested as of Saturday afternoon. An investigation is ongoing.