What to Know
- An oil delivery truck struck and killed a young woman in Manhattan early Friday, authorities say
- The 27-year-old woman, Sarah Foster, was hit near East 37th Street and Third Avenue shortly before 6 a.m.
- The driver stayed at the scene; his name has not been released
A 27-year-old woman was struck and killed by a huge oil delivery truck in Manhattan early Friday, prompting authorities to shut down the intersection as the peak morning commute got underway.
The woman, identified as Sarah Foster, was hit near East 37th Street and Third Avenue, about a block from her home, shortly before 6 a.m. She was pronounced dead at the scene, which was swarmed with emergency and investigative personnel for hours.
The unidentified driver of the truck, which had Approved Oil on it, stayed at the scene. It wasn't clear if Foster was in the crosswalk at the time, but police initially said no criminality was suspected. He was later charged with failure to yield.
Friday's accident was at least the third deadly crash involving an Approved Oil truck in the last two years. Last week, News 4 reported one struck and killed a 72-year-old bicyclist in midtown Manhattan and the driver fled the scene.
In March 2017, a 59-year-old woman was hit by an Approved Oil truck as she tried to cross the street near an expressway in the Bronx.
An Approved Oil representative confirmed all three crashes and said different drivers were behind the wheels in each case. As for Foster, he said the company's hearts go out to her family and called her death a tragic accident.
He said the man behind the wheel was a veteran driver and that all Approved Oil trucks have cameras, so there will eventually be footage of what transpired. The representative also told News 4 all Approved Oil drivers get "extensive in-house and outside training."