Delivery man knocked down by truck after motorcycle accident

BROOKLYN — Loved ones of a Brooklyn delivery man are mourning his death after a truck ran him over after he fell from his motorcycle.

“Sometimes I feel like it’s unreal,” Rosa Maria Vidal said. “Like it wasn’t real. As if he hadn’t left. As if I was still expecting him to come home.

Reality for Rosa Maria Vidal has not set in as her husband, Daniel Vidal, is not coming home.


What do you want to know

  • Police say Daniel Vidal, 30, was riding his motorcycle to work in East Williamsburg on Thursday morning when he had motorcycle trouble.
  • Police say Vidal was knocked down by a truck driver after falling off his motorbike onto the road
  • The driver remained at the scene and is not facing charges at this time, police say

The 30-year-old food delivery man died on his way to work.

“It’s just, it’s overwhelming for me,” she said.

“He was a very, very likeable person,” Rosa Maria Vidal said. “If you were part of the delivery group and you had any problems, he would come to help you.”

Police say Daniel Vidal was riding his motorcycle to work in Brooklyn’s East Williamsburg around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

He was in the Morgan Avenue bike path near Meadow Street when he locked up the rear brakes, causing the motorcycle to slide down the street and hit a curb before Daniel Vidal fell into the road, according to the police.

Police say that’s when a 50-year-old man driving a truck turned left onto Morgan Avenue and ran over the food delivery man.

An ambulance took Daniel Vidal to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

“It’s become dangerous work,” said Roberto Martinez, an organizer with the NYC Food Delivery Movemen. “It has become one of the most dangerous jobs in New York.”

Martinez said there are things lawmakers and city leaders can do to change that.

“I think we need to bring back visibility positions,” he said. “I think we need to bring the patrol back and prevent vehicles from double parking, stalling things for the cyclist.”

Rosa Maria Vidal said her husband’s delivery job was only meant to be temporary.

“Her goals were to open her motorcycle shop and her video camera shop,” she said. “We thought that in a maximum of two years we would have this dream come true.”

Police say the truck driver remained at the scene and is not facing charges at this time. The accident is still under investigation.

Daniel Vidal’s mother has started a go-fund-me page to help the family with funeral costs.

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