Martin Srodin, 46, Killed by Semi Truck Driver in Glendale Crosswalk

Martin Srodin, whose path is indicated in white, was killed by a trucker making a left turn in Glendale this morning. Semi truck drivers have killed at least eight NYC pedestrians since January 2012. Image: Google Maps
Martin Srodin, whose path is indicated in white, was killed by a trucker making a left turn in Glendale this morning. Semi truck drivers have killed at least eight NYC pedestrians since January 2012. Image: Google Maps

A truck driver killed a pedestrian in Glendale this morning. Police had filed no charges as of this afternoon. It is unclear if the truck was legally allowed to operate on city streets.

At approximately 6:07 a.m., 46-year-old Martin Srodin was crossing 80th Street at Cooper Avenue when the driver of a semi truck ran him over with a rear trailer tire, according to NYPD. Police said Srodin was walking west to east on Cooper as the truck driver, also eastbound on Cooper, was turning left onto 80th Street.

Srodin, who lived a few blocks away from the crash site, suffered trauma to the body, an NYPD spokesperson said. He was declared dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

NYPD did not have information on who had the right of way, and said the Collision Investigation Squad was working the crash. The truck driver, a 64-year-old man, was not immediately charged or summonsed.

There is a left turn lane from eastbound Cooper Avenue at 80th Street, according to a recent Google Maps image, and what appears to be a dedicated left turn signal. If the pedestrian had a walk signal, the driver should by law be charged under Section 19-190, which makes it a misdemeanor for drivers to strike pedestrians and cyclists who have the right of way.

Photos published by the Post show police administering a breath test to the driver at the scene. Photos also indicate the truck has New York plates, but it appears the truck does not have cab-mounted crossover mirrors, which give truck drivers a view of what’s directly in front of them. Though it’s unclear if the mirrors would have prevented this crash, they are required by law for trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds that are registered in New York State and operated in New York City.

The Post photos don’t show the trailer. Trucks longer than 55 feet may operate on surface streets with a permit, but only if carrying “non-divisible loads,” such as steel construction beams. In other words, a trailer with boxed or other loose cargo inside would not legally be allowed on surface streets if the total truck length exceeds 55 feet. Nevertheless, such trucks are commonplace on neighborhood streets. Cooper Avenue is a local truck route, according to NYC DOT, but 80th Street is not.

Drivers of semi trucks have killed at least eight New York City pedestrians, including two children, since January 2013, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog.

This fatal crash occurred in the 104th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Christopher M. Manson, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 104th Precinct council meetings happen on the third Tuesday of the month. See the community council web site for time and location information.

The City Council district where Martin Srodin was killed is represented by Elizabeth Crowley. To encourage Crowley to take action to improve street safety in her district and citywide, contact her at 212-788-7381, or @ElizCrowleyNYC.

  • smell bacon?

    The post photos show a tanker trailer, and there aren’t many oversize tanker trailers that exist, so I highly doubt that truck is officially oversize for the city.

    However, this raises a good point. There are tons and tons of readily recognizable oversize 53 foot van and reefer trailers with large number ’53’s on their sides all over the place throughout the city, including in Manhattan. These van and reefer trailers by definition carry ‘divisible’ loads and are therefore ineligible for any kind of permit to operate in the city. For example on Bruckner Boulevard by Hunts Point every light cycle nets you a few oversize trucks pulling 53 foot trailers.

    The fine for operating an oversize vehicle is huge, so the profit motive for the city to sanction them is certainly there. It would be relatively simple to ticket or prevent oversize trucks from entering the city because they are only allowed in the city when travelling between I-495 on long island and I-95 north of the Bronx while they are on the interstate (via Throgs Neck or Whitestone). Most of the highways they are likely to use to get into the city are all controlled with toll plazas with machine vision cameras, so if one rolls through the plaza on the GWB the Verrazano, or any of the tunnels it is by definition illegal. When on earth is the DOT/NYPD going to get serious about the traffic laws?

  • Laszlo Toth

    Rest in Peace, Martin. We’ll miss you, buddy.

  • Anxiously Awaiting Bikeshare

    Not to hijack a thread about a tragedy but your comment brings up a question I had. Are there special permits available for larger or oversize trailers? I frequently see e.g. Haddad movie production trailers that are gigantic both in length and width but my guess would be they have some sort of exemption based on how quick to subsidize the entertainment industry NYC is.

    I also see half-houses headed down 2nd ave from time to time with escort vehicles for the oversized load. They are quite a site.

  • Brad Aaron

    Yes, those 53s are everywhere for everyone to see.

    From what I can tell the truck in question is a 2009 International day cab, which has a 14.6′ wheel base, and tanker trailers can be up to 45′. Don’t know what the combined length would be, but if it’s close to the one in the linked post below, if it is legal, it shouldn’t be.

  • Alicia

    The post is not a photo of the incident and the vehicles involved; it’s a depiction of the location of the incident from Google Maps.

  • smell bacon?

    Sorry, I should have written ‘Post’, not ‘post’. I was referring to the photos in the NY Post, not the post on Streetsblog.

  • Alicia

    Got it.

  • Maurice Watkins

    Rest in peace, Martin, you’ll always be remembered as a good guy.

  • Courtney Pearson

    Rest In peace buddy, glad to have known you friend. Always remembered you as a good guy… a great guy! So friendly and polite! Such a sweet gentle soul, taken from this world far to quickly. I never met you in person, but you were a friend. Welcome to the T.I would you like some pie?? Martin would know what I mean…:)

  • Nathan Hale

    You are missed my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. You touched more lives than you ever knew. Keep an eye out for us and tell your father hello for me. I know how much you missed him. Rest in Peace brother.

  • Nelson Ortiz

    Though we only worked together for a short time it was always a joy to work with you and as time went by we became friends, you touched many just by your kindness and by that you made the world a better place.
    May God grant you peace, Go Jets


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