Stanslav Chernyshov, 73, was killed when a backhoe vehicle reversed into him as it was clearing snow in Brooklyn on Monday. Mr. Chernyshov was reportedly pinned under the snow plow and sustained severe head trauma. He was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.
The fatal accident occurred at around noon in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, outside of the Oceana Condominium complex. The backhoe driver, an unidentified 33-year-old, had been moving snow out of the Oceana Condominium area at the time.
Mr. Chernyshov was fatally struck when the backhoe vehicle backed up southbound on Oceana Terrace near Brighton Beach Avenue. Mr. Chernyshov was crossing Oceana Terrace and may have been in the middle of the block at the time of the crash, according to police.
The Oceana complex is a private community that is in charge of clearing its own snow. When there is snow and ice on the ground, pedestrians typically eschew the normal rules of the road in favor of safer alternatives. For instance, if crossing at the crosswalk means you have to climb a pile of snow and wade through a deep puddle, crossing the street in another spot, perhaps mid-block, seems much more inviting. However, these quandaries can lead to an increased number of accidents.
A police investigation in to the Chernysov death is ongoing but no charges have been filed yet.
Mr. Chernyshov’s death is a tragedy and our hearts go out to his family and friends. It is another tragic death for a New York City pedestrian. Pedestrian safety has become a third rail issue after the significant increase in pedestrian fatalities over the last few years. The perils are obviously increased when snow, precipitation and ice are involved. New Yorkers need to remain as careful as ever during these periods.
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