An elderly cyclist has been knocked down and killed by a charter bus in New York in the same area that another bike-rider was killed just days ago.
Michael Mamoukakis, 80, was at the corner of West 29th St and 7th Avenue in Chelsea when he was struck by the bus at around 1:30pm on Saturday afternoon.
‘I turned around and I saw bus wheels go over a man’s body,’ a witness, identified only as Garrett, told the New York Daily News. ‘It was horrible.’
Tragedy: Michael Mamoukakis (center), 80, was knocked down and killed by a charter bus while cycling around the corner of West 29th St and 7th Avenue on Saturday afternoon
Struck: He was hit on this corner; the bus driver said she was only aware of the accident after she was waved down by passersby. Mamoukakis initially tried to get up, but died in hospital
Garrett said he and his friend attempted to help Mamoukakis, who was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The bus driver remained at the scene and spoke to police. she was not charged.
‘The bike, I guess, was in the crosswalk,’ the driver, who did not wish to be named, told the New York Post.
‘Somebody was hollering that he hit the bus [and] for me to stop. And I stopped. We went and checked, and he was trying to get up.
‘Somebody got on top of him and was holding him down, [telling him], “Don’t move.”‘
She added: ‘I was driving the bus, but when I looked, I didn’t see anybody. When I heard the thump, I didn’t see anything. He was laying over there on he ground, in the crosswalk.’
Witness Charly Some said: ‘People were screaming… There were some homeless guys sitting there. They ran and stopped the bus.’
Mamoukakis’s Facebook account shows him surrounded by friends and family.
‘We’re in mourning right now,’ his ‘ 17-year-old grandson, Michael Vezyrakis, told the Daily news. ‘Everyone is just really broken up right now.’
Bereaved: The death of Mamoukakis (seen left in recent years, right as a young man) has left his family ‘broken up,’ his grandson said. He worked as a cobbler in New York for 25 years
Mamoukakis, a cobbler, had run Mike’s Shoes, a small shoe shop in Dey St – next to the former site of the Twin Towers – for 25 years.
His death came just five days after another cyclist was hit by a charter bus just three blocks away.
Dan Hanegby, 36, an investment banker and father-of-two from Brooklyn, was on West 26th Street when he was knocked down.
He was riding a Citi Bike – New York’s rent-a-bicycle system – making him the first user to be killed in the program’s four years of operation.
Accident: Mamoukakis’ death comes just five days after father-of-two Dan Hanegby (pictured), 36, was struck and killed by another charter bus just three blocks away