A 22-year-old Marine visiting Manhattan for the first time was struck and killed by a car while crossing 12th Avenue.
The Marine was hit just before 1:00 a.m. Thursday as he was getting out of a cab with his comrades at 12th Avenue and 49th Street.
The accident happened not far from Pier 88 where some of the ships taking part in Fleet Week are now moored. The Marine was returning to his ship, the USS Iwo Jima.
The young man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police officers and military personnel converged in the middle of the street to investigate the tragedy.
Police said the 39-year-old driver of a 2003 silver Acura realized he struck someone and stopped a block later. The driver called 911 and then walked back to the scene.
Investigators confirmed the Marine, who was in uniform, was crossing 12th Avenue when he was struck. At 49th Street, there is no crosswalk.
Police say no charges were filed against the driver. The Marine’s name was withheld pending family notification. – Source
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