2012-06-08 / Top Stories

Parking Lot Pin Tragedy

By Howard Schwach

A Brooklyn man who works in the Surfside Houses development was killed when he was struck by a vehicle whose driver was trying to jumpstart a maintenance vehicle on the property, police sources say.

Police identify the man as Martin Romero, 43, of West 15 Street in Brooklyn.

Responding to a 911 call for a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot at 107-10 Shore Front Parkway at about 5:22 p.m. on Monday, June 4, police found Romero unconscious and unresponsive pinned underneath a van.

Medical technicians responded and transported Romero to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, where he was later pronounced DOA by doctors in the emergency room.

Police determined that the victim was pinned underneath a Ford E250 van as it was getting jump started when the operator of the vehicle pushed the gas pedal.

Eyewitnesses say that Romero was walking through the parking lot when he was struck.

Police say that there is no apparent criminality in regard to the accidental death and that no arrests are contemplated.

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