A civilian member of the NYPD died in a freak accident when his car was struck by a tire flung from a private sanitation truck Wednesday morning, police and sources said
The 64-year-old man was driving a Chevy in the eastbound lane of the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn around 6:30 a.m. while the sanitation truck was traveling in the opposite direction.
Suddenly the truck’s tire came loose and flew from the westbound lane into the windshield of the man’s SUV, prompting him to crash into a roadway barrier near Third Avenue, police said.
At the time, the victim was traveling to police headquarters in lower Manhattan, where he worked as a steamfitter for the NYPD, police sources told the Post.
He was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Details about the sanitation company and the truck driver were not immediately available.