NYPD: No Charges for Collision That Killed Man on Hell’s Kitchen Sidewalk

Victor Grant was killed on the sidewalk after two drivers collided on 11th Avenue at 42nd Street. No charges were filed. Image: NY1
Victor Grant was killed on the sidewalk after two drivers collided on 11th Avenue at 42nd Street. No charges were filed. Image: NY1

NYPD filed no charges after a vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a man who was walking on a sidewalk in Hell’s Kitchen.

Last Friday at approximately 9:45 p.m., 56-year-old Victor Grant was walking on 11th Avenue just south of W. 42nd Street when the drivers of a GMC SUV and a FedEx Freightliner truck collided on the avenue, according to reports. The SUV driver then jumped the curb, pinning Grant beneath the truck, the Daily News reported.

The crash occurred outside a FedEx facility located on the southeast corner of the intersection. Photos published by the Daily News show the SUV on the sidewalk next to the building, with a toppled fire hydrant on the street. It is unknown if the FedEx driver was en route to or from the FedEx building.

Grant, who lived in the Bronx, was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, according to News 12. No charges were filed against either driver by NYPD or Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

The Post reported that both drivers passed a Breathalyzer test at the scene, but media accounts did not mention driver speed, which was likely a factor in the crash. A woman interviewed by NY1 said the intersection of 11th Avenue and 42nd Street, in the theater district, is “very dangerous, especially at night.”

As of April, officers from the 10th Precinct, where the crash occurred, had issued just 31 speeding tickets in 2015. The precinct didn’t cite a single driver for speeding last month.

When I called the NYPD public information office for an update on the crash, Detective Kelly Ort instructed me to submit my request by email. I sent the email, but since the NYPD press shop does not respond to email queries, at least from me, this is the department’s way of declining comment.

Cy Vance’s office does not comment on crash investigations, open or closed.

When I called FedEx, company spokesperson Sharon Young sent the following generic statement:

We are deeply saddened by this loss and our heartfelt sympathies and condolences are extended to the loves [sic] ones. We are cooperating with police in their investigation.

To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Michele Irizarry, 10th Precinct commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 10th Precinct council meetings happen at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month at the precinct, 230 W. 20th Street. Call 212-741-8226 for information.

Victor Grant was killed in Manhattan Community Board District 4, and in the City Council district represented by Corey Johnson.

  • BBnet3000

    Don’t expect charges if they aren’t driving a bus or cab.

  • Eric McClure

    At least one of those drivers was responsible for the crash. Ergo, at least one of those drivers was responsible for Victor Grant’s death.

    Imagine the investigation if a train had jumped the rails and struck and killed Mr. Grant.

  • AlexWithAK

    Cabbies don’t get charged either. Bus drivers only get charged because there are too many witnesses on board the bus to brush it under the rug.

  • com63

    Black box data from the SUV should show the speeds before the crash. After fatal crashes, this information really should be made public and the public and the media should be allowed to weigh in. If the SUV was going more than 25mph, at the very least a ticket is warranted.

  • tbatts666

    Dear streetsblog,

    How do you do the legwork for a story like this?

    In my Midwestern city traffic violence that kills pedestrians doesn’t even go in the news, let alone get politicized for the safer streets movement.

  • neroden

    That’s a very good question; perhasp the editors can make a guide to this type of journalism.

  • neroden

    NYPD is useless (and quite possibly qualifies as an organized crime ring).

    Vance is guilty of dereliction of duty and needs to be replaced. Who’s running aginst him?

    It’s time for private prosecutions, but a rather rich foundation would be needed for that.

  • tbatts666

    I guess we do have streetsblog STL out here…. I hope it gets as active as the New York one!!

    I watched a car mow down a person a few days ago in St Louis. His back was looking pretty messed up. I can’t even find it in the news, and it’s been driving me nuts.

    Streetsblog is the perfect anti-“pro car propaganda” propaganda. Our communities should get feedback when they are unsafe.

  • Maggie

    I had several Twitter alerts that NYPD is hunting down a man for forcible touching in Times Square. Jump the curb, smash onto the sidewalk and kill a bystander on the sidewalk at Eleventh Ave and it’s all good though, I guess.

  • You’re right about the police department and the Manhattan DA. But ceding public functions to a private entity (which would be even less accountable) is certainly not the answer. The role of private interests in our society is far too large, and is bleeding into areas that are fundamentally the responsibility of the community as a whole. We already have private prisons that can get away with treating convicted people worse than the already abominable public prisons do; we don’t want private prosecutions!

    The remedy to problems with public agencies is to use the means provided in the law to fix them. Of course, this entails electing better people, such as DAs who would prosecute drivers, and state legislators who would dissolve the NYPD. Unfortunately, however, in practice this is next to impossible on account of the actions of private interests that undermine the functioning of what is euphemistically called “democracy”, namely, their bankrolling of candidates and their creation of propoganda that dictates voter behaviour.

  • Andrew

    “Jump the curb, smash onto the sidewalk and kill a bystander on the sidewalk at Eleventh Ave” isn’t forcible touching?

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