Thackoo Hargobin Killed by School Bus Driver in Queens, No Charges Filed

A man was struck and killed by the driver of a yellow school bus while loading a truck in Queens yesterday.

Thackoo “Tony” Hargobin was struck on Borough Place in Woodside at approximately 8:32 a.m., as he was securing bags of cement to the back of a flatbed, according to reports. He died at the scene. From the Post:

Thackoo Hargobin. Photo: Trinidad Express

John Garuti, 60, who owns the company where the victim was picking up the cement, said Hargobin died quickly and was lying in a pool of blood still holding the strap used to hold down the load.

“He was gone immediately. There were no chest movements … It’s a terrible shame; he was a nice man. Everybody said he was a nice guy.”

Hargobin, 52, was a grandfather who migrated from Trinidad in 1988, reports said. According to the Trinidad Express, Hargobin’s father was killed in a vehicle crash 16 years ago next month. Said Hargobin’s brother, Pundit Chaitram Hargobin: “My mother is being monitored because this is such a shock to her. She is not taking this well. None of us expected anything like this to happen.”

The Daily News says Hargobin was knocked from the back of his truck. The Post reported that the driver said Hargobin fell off the truck into the path of the bus, a claim disputed by the victim’s employer:

“To make a mistake that would cost him his life is very difficult to believe. We’re not talking about someone who drove for one year; this was a guy who was used to driving heavy trucks,” said Michael Karantinidis, 55, owner of Hephaistos Building Supply in Astoria, where the victim worked for 23 years.

No charges were filed, according to the News.

This fatal crash occurred in the 114th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Stephen Cirabisi, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 114th Precinct council meetings happen at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Ricardo’s, 21-04 24th Avenue. Call the precinct at 718-626-9327 for information.

The City Council district where Thackoo Hargobin was killed is represented by Peter Vallone. To encourage Vallone to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 718-274-4500.

  • Anonymous

    Remember that a bus (a city bus, though) is what actually killed Jasmine Herron.

    Perhaps it’s time to start better controlling how large vehicles are operated in this city? No.  That would be radical.

  • Ian Turner

    @dporpentine:disqus : If someone is shot and killed, even accidentally, we don’t say “killed by bullet”, we say “killed by gunman”. Likewise if the weapon is a motor vehicle.

  • KillMoto

    Guarantee the first time a cop is killed crossing the street, criminality will be suspected.

    That said, since they just park on the sidewalk outside the precinct, they never have to cross the street, do they.

    So we’ll have to wait for a driver to jump the curb for this to happen. Seems to happen often enough…

  • Anonymous

    @7c177865bd107a919938355fe93de93a:disqus Dude, do you really think I need to be told that?

    I was just making the point maybe this could be, at the very very least,
    an additional call to action to better police the way large vehicles
    are operated in this city, especially after yesterday’s news that
    nothing is going to happen to the driver of the garbage truck that
    killed that woman on the Lower East Side. I mean, if the vehicles are going to get blamed instead of the drivers, can’t we at least do something about the vehicles?

    In any case, there are lots of situations where we legally/morally blame the operator but rhetorically blame the mechanism. The real issue is the assignment of vehicle-related killings to the category “accident.”

    Go look at stories about people who die form the genuinely accidental discharge of guns. By no means do news reports always assign the person operating the gun immediate (rhetorical) responsibility for the killing. Bombs, meanwhile, represent a good example of having it both ways: if it’s “terrorism,” we typically blame the bomber; if it’s “military,” the bomb.

    And the Jasmine Herron killing bothers me because it’s always treated as a question of the dooring. But the proximate cause (in the philosophical sense, not the legal one) was a bus. And I think the bus driver needs to have been treated to at least as much scrutiny as the woman who doored Herron.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Agreed, KillMoto. Unfortunately, it’s mostly working stiffs, the young, the old, Blacks, and Latinos, who get maimed and killed in traffic. As long as the victims of traffic violence are mostly the marginal members of society, the issue stays out of the headlines, with no justice to be found for the grieving families.

  • kmass

    yeah your right you friggin genius its the racist cars .that come out looking for you poor hard working minorities . give me a break !

  • Bolwerk

    I don’t see any mention of race in this article.

    However, it is racist, or at the very least classist, planning that turns poor communities into doormats for the drive between city and suburb.

  • Bolwerk

    But what? The only thing I can think of that would sort of help is dedicated transit lanes. You can’t really eliminate the major danger of trucks and buses, which is a wide turning radius.

  • dporpentine

    What killed Jasmine Herron was almost certainly a bus following too closely, not a wide turning radius.

    Buses and other motor vehicles follow at crazy distances–and it’s dangerous, as the NYPD shows every month in its list of contributing factors to crashes.

    We could start enforcing driving distances–along with speed limits, of course.