BROOKLYN — Loved ones of a Brooklyn delivery worker are grieving his death after a truck ran him over after falling off of his motorcycle.
“Sometimes I feel like it’s unreal,” Rosa Maria Vidal said. “Like this is not real. Like he’s not gone. Like I’m still expecting him to come home.”
Reality for Rosa Maria Vidal has not set in that her husband, Daniel Vidal, is not coming home.
What You Need To Know
- Police said 30-year-old Daniel Vidal was driving his motorcycle to work East Williamsburg Thursday morning when he experienced motorcycle trouble
- According to police, Vidal was run over by a truck driver after falling off of his motorcycle into the road
- The driver remains at the scene and is not facing charges at this time, according to police
The 30-year-old food delivery worker died while on his way to work.
“It’s just, it’s overwhelming for me,” she said.
“He was a very, very friendly individual,” Rosa Maria Vidal said. “If you were part of the delivery group and you were in trouble he would come and help you.”
According to police, Daniel Vidal was driving his motorcycle to work in the East Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Thursday around 9:30 am.
He was in the bicycle lane on Morgan Avenue near Meadow Street when he locked the rear breaks, which caused the motorcycle to glide in the street and hit a curb before Daniel Vidal fell into the road, according to police.
Police said that’s when a 50-year-old man driving a truck made a left turn onto Morgan Avenue and ran over the food delivery worker.
An ambulance took Daniel Vidal to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
“It’s become a dangerous job,” Roberto Martinez, an organizer with the NYC Food Delivery Movement, said. “It’s become one of the most dangerous jobs in New York City.”
Martinez said there are things lawmakers and city leaders can do to change that.
“I think we need to bring back visibility posts,” he said. “I think we need to bring back patrol and prevent vehicles from double parking, blocking things for the bicyclist.”
Rosa Maria Vidal said her husband’s delivery job was only supposed to be temporary.
“He’s goals were to open his motorcycle shop and his video camera shop,” she said. “We had thought that like in maximum two years, we would be having this dream come true.”
Police say the truck driver stayed at the scene and is not facing charges at this time. The accident is still under investigation.
Daniel Vidal’s mother started a go-fund-me page to help the family pay for funeral expenses.