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City worker fatally run over by colleague near Gracie Mansion

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A city transportation worker was killed Tuesday morning after he was run over by a truck driven by a colleague during Upper East Side road repairs.

Eduardo Calleabril, 44, died after he was run over by a colleague around 1 a.m. on Tuesday, when Department of Transportation (DOT) workers were repaving East 88th street, which is a block away from Gracie Mansion. 

The NY Daily News reported that a 35-year-old worker was driving a Mack truck when he backed it up and hit Calleabril, knocking him to the ground. The truck then rolled over Calleabril. 

A witness told ABC that, “There were a couple of guys screaming at someone, not the guy driving the truck, the guy driving the truck was in complete shock, based on the angle, he didn’t see him.” 

The witness continued, “But there was somebody apparently giving him directions, they kept screaming at him…another guy came over and said, ‘It could’ve been me,’ and the police and his buddies had to separate him.”

It was reported that other residents in the area also heard the screaming and yelling as a result of the incident. The victim was taken to the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Distraught DOT workers left the scene in tears and left a vigil of flowers and candles.  

Mayor de Blasio tweeted his condolences, saying, “Tragic news on the Upper East Side this morning. @NYC_DOT veteran Eduardo Calleabril was struck by a vehicle and lost his life while working with a resurfacing crew. Please keep his family in your thoughts today. We’re undertaking a full investigation into how this happened.” 

 

 

It was reported that the police took the driver for questioning, but at this time, the driver has not been charged. 

This investigation is ongoing. 

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