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Apr 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Medic cuffed for groping woman, trying to force her into oral sex


An FDNY paramedic was busted on sex charges in the Bronx for groping a patient in his ambulance and trying to get her to perform oral sex on him, police sources said Monday.


Karel Delgado, 36, was charged Monday afternoon with criminal sex act, sex abuse and forcible touching.


He allegedly victimized a 43-year-old woman during a ride from her Bronx home to a hospital.


The woman had called 911 just before noon Sunday because she was sick. While in the ambulance, Delgado allegedly assaulted her.

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“He said, ‘Can I examine you,’ and she said, ‘Sure,’” a police source said.


“But then he grabbed her private parts. He also took out his penis and touched her face with it. When she got to the hospital she reported it.”


One neighbor, who lives next door to Delgado in Co-op City, shook his head in disbelief at the allegations.


“I don’t believe it. That’s not him. I don’t believe he would do something like that,” the neighbor said.


“He has a little girl. She’s well taken care of. I hope it’s not a real accusation. He’s a nice guy. This is the first I hear of it.”


Delgado was awaiting arraignment Monday.

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Apr 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Lawyers protest outside Bronx court after ICE arrests immigrant


Moments after a judge dismissed his assault case Monday, federal immigration officers handcuffed a Bronx immigrant — sparking lawyers to stage an impromptu courthouse protest.


Rayon Smith, 31, was freed from Bronx Criminal Court at 10:20 a.m. after a judge dismissed a domestic violence case.


Soon afterward, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had Smith in handcuffs, said his lawyer, public defender Andrew Mandel.


“It was very upsetting and I couldn’t talk to him. I couldn’t get close to him and they took him away,” Mandel said.

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After Smith’s arrest, 100 Legal Aid Society employees and public defenders protested outside the Bronx courthouse.


“What do we want? ICE out! When do we want it? Now!” they chanted carrying signs that read “ICE out of our courts!” and “Stop Tearing Families Apart.”


“We are protesting against what happened,” Mandel said.


“It’s happening more and more, which is why we are having this protest. We want them to stop arresting people when they come for their court appearances.”

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Smith, who is originally from Jamaica, has no criminal record.


Plainclothes ICE agents sit quietly in Bronx courtrooms waiting for immigrants’ cases to be called, said Legal Aid lawyer Casey Dalporto.


“They have some officers waiting outside the courtroom so they can run interference there,” Dalporto said.


The agents won’t say why they’re in court. “They refuse to answer any questions. They won’t identify themselves. They are very aggressive when you ask them,” said Dalporto.

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Another lawyer, public defender Janie Williams, said ICE’s aggressive enforcement makes immigrants and their families reluctant to report crimes.


“No one’s safe here,” Williams said. “They need to feel safe when they come to the courthouse.”


An ICE spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for more information on Smith’s case.

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Apr 9, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Rap legends record song to promote Bronx Zoo, local culture


The Bronx Zoo has a brand new beat.


Hip hop legends Grandmaster Melle Mel and Grandmaster Caz have created a new track, “Animals and MCs,” for a series of springtime events starting later this month promoting the zoo — and Bronx culture.


“Like Noah’s Ark in the Park. New York, Boogie Down Borough. OG MC’s throwing a party. Part nature trail, part safari,” Melle Mel raps over elephant trumpets and the maracas-like sounds of the rattlesnake.


“You got Caz rocking with a silverback. You got Mother Nature for a soundtrack. Even got the Creator for a light man. Melle Mel got a lion for a hype man.”


The emcees recorded the track for Boogie Down at the Bronx Zoo, an event on weekends that kicks off April 21 and then continues May 5 through June 3.


Visitors can enjoy musical performances by Grandmaster Melle Mel, Scorpio and The Sugarhill Gang, as well as rhyming classes with Grandmaster Caz.


Artwork will also be on display by Bronx graffiti artists Crash, Tats Cru, Andre Trenier and others.


The street artists even collaborated with some of the zoo animals.


“They put paint on the snake and (it) slithered on the canvas and I, in turn, painted on the canvas,” John (Crash) Matos told the Daily News. “I’ve worked with a lot of animals — but never real animals. It was a fun project. It was really, really nice.”


The events will feature Cuban, Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean musical and dance performances, as well as doo-wop, salsa and mambo classes.


“We are part of an organization that is surrounded by many cultures and diversity, and I think this was a way for us to celebrate that and to celebrate all the cool things that came out of the Bronx — both past and present,” said Rachel Libretti, the director of event marketing and partnerships at the zoo.

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Apr 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Off-duty NYPD cop busted for assaulting girlfriend in Bronx


An off-duty Bronx cop was arrested Saturday for assaulting his girlfriend, police said.


Victor Cruz, 31, was busted because he “put his hands on” his gal pal, according to cops.


Cruz has been a police officer for three years and is assigned to the 44 Precinct near Yankee Stadium.


Police did not release any details of the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault.

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Apr 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx woman blames cop chase for injuries suffered in wreck


A Bronx woman nearly killed in a head-on car wreck last year blames the horrifying collision in a 70 mph police chase over another vehicle’s minor traffic violation.


Jaonna Green, 30, still wears a colostomy bag and faces an arduous recovery from the June 1, 2017, two-car crash that altered the course of her life forever.


“I can’t even walk two blocks without stopping,” the single mother of two told the Daily News. “I have hardware in my ankles . . . screws and metal plates.


“I had multiple lacerations to my lungs and spleen and liver. And two broken ribs.”

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Green’s attorney, in a complaint filed last week in the Bronx, charged the collision on a one-way street ensued after an NYPD officer recklessly hit the gas while pursuing a Mercedes-Benz — for an illegal lane change.


“There’s a decision that has to be made here,” said lawyer Michael Goldberg. “The police have to pursue bad guys — that’s their job. But this was not a guy who just robbed something or a terrorist fleeing.


“This is a guy who at worst made an illegal lane change or more likely did nothing.”


The Bronx Supreme Court paperwork named the NYPD, the city, Officer Jonathan Vasquez and Mercedes driver Danny Terry as defendants.


Court papers charge Vasquez pursued the fleeing luxury car “without lights and/or sirens, and therefore without any warning to the public.”


While Goldberg says departmental charges were brought against Vasquez, the NYPD could not confirm his disciplinary status — although he remains on the job.


Kimberly Joyce, spokeswoman for NYC Law, did not respond to an email for comment.


Green was riding with her brother to his early morning shift at UPS around 2:30 a.m. when things changed in an instant as they drove across a Boston Road bridge.


Even now, she’s unsure what happened.


“Just the car coming really fast,” she recalled. “So fast, it wasn’t really recognizable what’s coming at us.”


Green remained hospitalized for three months as she struggled to recover. No one else was injured as severely as Green, who rode in the front passenger seat.


When subpoenaed later to testify at an NYPD hearing against Vasquez, the victim was accompanied by Goldberg to provide her account of the crash.


But the lawyer said other testimony indicated there was no illegal lane change, and the pursuit started after the 2011 Mercedes and the police car were both turning into the same lane.


“So as it turns out, the police possibly caused the erratic driving behavior that they used as an excuse to pull him over,” said Goldberg — noting the driver was a young, black male.


The attorney said the costs of his client’s medical bills are already in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. She nearly died several times during her hospitalization.


Green said the emotional toll is even worse for her sons, ages 16 and 10.


“They’re traumatized,” she said of the boys. “They don’t know if their mother is going to make it. The younger one doesn’t fully understand, but the older one . . . He just looks at me like ‘I don’t know when my mother’s going to pass away.’ ”

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Apr 8, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: Team Jamaica Bickle’s on ‘track’ for athletes



Team Jamaica Bickle’s 2018 Penn Relays kickoff fund-raiser for “our athletes, our ambassadors” comes to New York on Thursday, supporting an anticipated rite of spring — the arrival of Jamaican high school athletes participating in the Penn Relays track meet in Philadelphia.


At Thursday’s reception, at Sandz, 234-32 Merrick Blvd. in Rosedale, Queens, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., patrons will be able to network, get the latest information about the organization’s  efforts — and support its programs through donations.


Presented by the University of Pennsylvania, the 124th edition of the track meet will be held April 26-28 at the school’s Franklin Field.


Team Jamaica Bickle’s comprehensive hospitality initiative helps Jamaican track-and-field athletes find accommodations in Philadelphia and provides other assistance to schools and families making the trip to the U.S.


And then there’s the food. The organization provides familiar Caribbean meals for the visiting athletes, many of whom are visiting America for the first time.


Since 1994, organization CEO Irwin Clare, TJB members, volunteers, individual and corporate sponsors have aided visiting athletes from Jamaica — and other Caribbean nations — who are participating in the prestigious Penn Relays track meet.


Over the years, the large numbers of New York area track and field fans attending the relays and TJB’s assistance to Jamaican athletes has been followed by strong corporate support for the track meet from TJB sponsors — including Caribbean Food Delights; the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations USA; Tower Isles; and the Caribbean-based Grace Foods.


Team Jamaica Bickle’s Penn Relays season began March 31 with a fund-raising island brunch at the Calabash restaurant in Philadelphia. The “Friends of Team Jamaica Bickle” organization is based in Philadelphia, along with the Team Jamaica Bickle Philadelphia chapter.


Thursday’s New York reception will be followed by a scrumptious “Seafood Delight event on Friday at Anoz Spa Boutique, 281 Nassau Blvd. in Garden City, L.I; a service at the Lenox Road Baptist Church, 1356 Nostrand Ave., next Sunday; and other events.


To get a list of all the 2018 Team  Jamaica Bickle Penn Relays events, visit bit.ly/TJB2018. Also, visit the organization’s website at www.teamjamaicabickle.org or call  (718) 523-2861.


For information on the Penn Relays, visit www.thepennrelays.com.


NYC GARIFUNA CELEBRATION


“Celebrate Garifuna Heritage,” a culture and music-filled happening, is  coming to City Hall’s Council chambers in Manhattan on Thursday, starting at 5:30 p.m.


Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, and the Bronx Council delegation are  presenting the event to recognize past and present Garifuna contributions to culture.


The Bronx in New York and Los Angeles are U.S. locations of sizable Garifuna populations, many of which came to America from Central American nations, such as Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.


The Garifuna — who proudly maintain their centuries-old culture, language and music — are descendants of enslaved West Africans, and the Carib and Arawak tribes on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. They were exiled to Central America by British in the late 1700s.


For information or to RSVP, call (212) 482-6731 or send email to garifunaheritage@council.nyc.gov.


 FOR  BENEFIT, EDUCATION RULES


Skatalites band founding member Jah Jerry — and his penchant for learning — live on through the Jah Jerry Foundation and its annual spring fund-raiser.


The event — coming April 20 to the Caribbean/Southern-themed Alvin & Friends Restaurant, 14 Memorial Highway in New Rochelle, Westchester County — will benefit the Jah Jerry scholarship program, aiding students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica.


James Haynes, president/CEO of Jah Jerry Inc. and son of the late music great, started the not-for-profit organization to help students at Edna Manley, in addition to those at “financially  challenged schools” in need of supplies and equipment.


Proper attire is required for the affair, which features a cash bar and music by Tres International with Disco Kid and Kid Wonder. Donation is a person. For information and tickets, call (212) 470-5655 or email jahjerryinc@gmail.com.


 

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Apr 7, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man nicknamed ‘Preacher’ by neighbors dies in fire


A religious Bronx man whom neighbors had nicknamed “Preacher” died after a fire ripped through his basement apartment, authorities said Saturday.


Kenrick Perry, 72, was inside his unit on White Plains Road near E. 213th St. in Olinville about 10:30 a.m. Thursday when the blaze broke out, neighbors said.


“I saw him get carried out on a stretcher,” said one witness, who would only identify himself as Nick. “I don’t know if he was breathing or not.”


Perry died at Montefiore Medical Center a short time later.


FDNY Fire Marshals said an unattended space heater in the apartment had set a mattress on fire.


The elderly man had burns on his arms and chest before firefighters pulled him out of the flames, sources said.


Nick, who works at a nearby pawn shop, said Perry was very active in a neighborhood church. His wife died several years ago and he has a son who lives in his native Guyana.


“They called him ‘Preacher’ because he loved to preach,” said Nick. “He was a good man. It sucks that this happened to him that way.”

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Apr 6, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Fentanyl dealer busted after selling Bronx teacher deadly dose


Cops busted the drug dealer who sold a deadly fentanyl dose to a beloved Bronx special education teacher.


Kashawn Lyons, 31, is charged with drug distribution. He faces a sentence of 20 years to life.


A drug dealer who worked with him, Terrick Whitaker, also 31, is still at large, federal prosecutors say. He faces a minimum of 20 years in prison.


Lyons and Whitaker are accused of selling fentanyl to Matthew Azimi, who was found dead Nov. 30 in a bathroom at Public School X811 on Longfellow Ave. in Foxhurst.

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Azimi’s widow said she was “absolutely thrilled” with Lyons’ arrest.


“It’s too late for my husband. But if they can get this guy off the street, other people can have their lives saved,” said Rachel Marbach, of Carmel, in Putnam County.


Marbach was six months pregnant when her husband died. Their third child, a daughter, was born healthy in March.


“We are doing the best we can,” Marbach said. “We miss Matt terribly. I am not kidding — I think of him every second of the day.”

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A school custodian found Azimi, 36, dead Nov. 30 inside a locked bathroom.


Police sources previously told the Daily News that Azimi bought a hypodermic needle from a CVS near the school shortly after dismissal and went into the bathroom to shoot up.


That needle and a small baggie containing heroin residue were found next to Azimi’s body.


Prosecutors said NYPD officers recovered Azimi’s cell phone next to his lifeless body — and traced his final three calls to Lyons’ cell phone.


Undercover cops later bought heroin and fentanyl from Lyons and Whitaker.


The drugs “were packaged in the same unique pink glassine bags as the one found next to Mr. Azimi’s body” and sold near his school, prosecutors said.


“It’s something I know I will never get over,” Marbach said. “I’m going through the process of learning to live with it.”

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Apr 6, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Cynthia Nixon vows to make New York a ‘sanctuary state’


ALBANY — Cynthia Nixon said Thursday she wants to make New York a “real sanctuary state” for undocumented immigrants.


The actress, who is challenging Gov. Cuomo for the Democratic nomination, said so-called sanctuary state legislation was among the measures that needs to be adopted for New York to become the “progressive bastion” she envisions.


While New York City and several other cities have adopted such policies to protect immigrants, Nixon blamed Cuomo for thwarting legislation to do it on a statewide level.


“All of these things that we should have done and that New Yorkers want us do, that’s why I am running,” Nixon said. adding that she also wants legislation to create a single-payer health care system, promote renewable energy and boost funding to schools.


“Times up on progressive change and waiting for progressive change in New York,” Nixon said. “We have to make it happen.”


The Assembly last year adopted a “sanctuary state” measure that would have prevented state and local law enforcement officers from making arrests based on immigration status and from enforcing federal immigration laws. The measure died in the GOP-controlled Senate.


Cuomo supporters defended the governor’s record on immigration, including an executive order he signed last year that prohibited state agencies, including the State Police, from asking and reporting on an individual’s immigration status.


“I think we have the most progressive record in the country in this state,” Cuomo said Wednesday.


Republicans slammed both Nixon and Cuomo.


“It’s so radical and a completely wrong policy for New York,” State GOP spokeswoman Jessica Proud said about the sanctuary state legislation. “The governor has already taken a dramatic left turn and seeing them compete for progressive votes is a scary proposition for New Yorkers.”


Nixon, meanwhile, confirmed Thursday that she would also seek the Working Families Party’s nomination at its convention next month but she stopped short of saying she would remain an active candidate on its line should she lose to Cuomo in the Democratic primary.


“I would love to get the Working Families Party endorsement,” she told reporters at a campaign stop in Syracuse. “I think any person who cares about working families and who cares about ending poverty would want that endorsement.”

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Apr 5, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: N.Y. dentist found dead hooked to IV loaded with sedatives in car


A Westchester dentist once affiliated with a Bronx hospital was found dead in a car — apparently killed by a prescription sedative linked to an IV, police sources said.


Jeremy Wertman, 38, of Edgement, was found dead in a 2009 Toyota Sienna inside a parking garage on E. 188th St. in Fordham Heights about 8 a.m. Tuesday.


He died at the scene.


First responders found an IV tube in the car going from a bag of medication to his foot, police sources said.


Inside the bag was the drug Propofol, a heavy sedative that King of Pop Michael Jackson was using before he died, officials said.


The city’s Medical Examiner was trying to determine if Wertman died from an overdose of the drug.


Wertman was affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center until last year, a hospital spokeswoman said.


“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Wertman, who was a resident in the Department of Dentistry at Montefiore,” the hospital said in a statement.


“We send our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.”


Attempts to reach Wertman’s family were unsuccessful.

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Apr 4, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Chuck Freeze, Bronx rapper from the Jazzy Five, dead at 54


Bronx rapper Chuck Freeze, a member of the pioneering hip hop group Jazzy Five, has died at the age of 54.


The hip hop star, whose real name was Charles Foushee, was found “unconscious and unresponsive” Sunday in his Hollis, Queens home and was pronounced dead by emergency responders, the NYPD said.


The official cause of death is heart disease and high blood pressure, the New York City Medical Examiner’s office confirmed.


Freeze performed at an event at the Essentials 608 nightclub in the Bronx on Saturday evening, the night before his death. His longtime friend, DJ Kevie Kev Rockwell of the Fantastic Five, performed with Freeze that night and says he seemed fine when they parted ways after the event.

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“I (would) see him every day. He’s one of my closest friends,” Kevie Kev, whose real name is Kevin Carson, told The News. “I grew up with him. I knew him since I was 15 years old. Before we were legends, before we were pioneers.”


Freeze and the other members of Jazzy Five — Master Ice, A.J. Les, Master Bee and Master Dee — rose to fame in the early 1980s on the strength of their hit, “Jazzy Sensation (Bronx Version),” which they recorded with fellow Bronx artist Afrikaa Bambaataa.


The song, which came out in 1981, featured verses by each of the Jazzy Five members, with Freeze memorably rapping, “I’m Mr. Freeze, and to tell you the truth / that my quality ranks about a hundred proof.”


That song proved to be the only major hit for the Jazzy Five, which regularly performed at parties in New York during its early ’80s heyday before eventually disbanding.

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While Freeze continued to create music and perform following his Jazzy Five days, other members followed different pursuits.


One of the earliest members of the group, MC Sundance, was on the ground in Lower Manhattan during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, helping people to safety from one of the Twin Towers. He fell ill months afterward and later developed lymphoma before he died in 2008.


Throughout Freeze’s music days, he served as a mentor to others in the New York hip hop community.


One of the young artists he encouraged was T.O.N.E-z, who told The News he spoke to Freeze nearly every day and praised him for always being inspiring and straightforward with him when discussing his career.

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“He was just a solid dude,” said T.O.N.E-z, whose real name is Anthony Keaton. “He was a pioneer.”


T.O.N.E-z was one of several friends of Freeze who mourned the rapper’s death on social media. His tweet Tuesday garnered a reply from LL Cool J, who wrote, “Rest in power. Your verse on jazzy sensation was one of my favorites.”


The Bronx-bred T.O.N.E-z described Freeze as being a “very health-conscious” person who didn’t eat meat or smoke and rarely drank. DJ Kevie Kev, meanwhile, also said Freeze took care of himself but had complained recently of shoulder pain and needed surgery.


Another friend of Freeze — a younger rapper named LORD KAOS — called it an “honor” to know Freeze and remembered the hip hop veteran’s willingness to give him tips shortly after they met.

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“The influence that he gave me wasn’t the same influence that most have, where they heard him on music,” LORD KAOS said. “It was more of a face-to-face influence where, (he was like), ‘Little brother, this is how you got to go about things.’ I think that inspired me more than just knowing the music. It’s a major loss.”


Kevie Kev says Freeze stood out from other rappers of his era and noted that his music wasn’t violent or vulgar.


“Chuck is a people’s person,” he said. “In hip hop, for some reason, everybody was always battling, trying to cut each other’s throat instead of sticking together. That’s why the pioneers don’t have the money that new hip hop artists have. But Chuck was different. He was like, ‘Everybody can eat. If we share this light, everybody can eat.’ He was always optimistic. Very loving and very caring. Very appreciative of life.”

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Apr 4, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: DOT worker fatally struck on Hutchinson River Parkway


A city Department of Transportation worker was struck and killed by a car on the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Bronx Wednesday, police said.


The auto hit George Staab, 57, a bridges electrician, on the south-bound side of the highway near Rochelle Park about 10:45 a.m.


Medics rushed Staab to Jacobi Hospital, but doctors couldn’t save him, officials said.


The driver remained at the scene, and no charges were immediately filed.


Staab has been employed by the DOT since 2014, Mayor de Blasio said at a NYPD briefing at the 24th Precinct Wednesday afternoon.


“This is just a sudden and horrible tragedy,” said de Blasio, who plans to visit Staab’s family. “I’m going to be talking with the family and I ask all New Yorkers to keep him and his family in our prayers.”


Police were investigating Staab’s death, but it doesn’t appear to be criminal, officials said.

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