Falling tree critically injures food delivery guy in Red Hook

Crash site: An officer from the police Crash Investigation Squad inspects the delivery man’s crushed motorized bike.
The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

A Red Hook Chinese restaurant delivery guy is fighting for his life in the hospital after a tree fell on his head as workers were chopping it down on Monday afternoon.

The man was riding his motorized bicycle on a pathway inside Coffey Park between Dwight and Richards streets around 1 pm as two parks department contractors were pruning and removing trees there that had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy, according to fire and parks officials. The tree-loppers — one of whom one was in a cherry picker and another who was on the ground — yelled at the cyclist to steer clear of the plummeting timber, but the weighty trunk nevertheless landed on top of him, according to an onlooker.

“They were trying to stop him,” said Khadija James, who didn’t see the tree fall but witnessed the aftermath from her 12th-floor apartment on Dwight Street, and said she could hear the contractors’ screams for help clear into her bedroom. “I saw him when he was down on the ground, and you heard them screaming, ‘Please call 911.’ ”

Paramedics found the victim bleeding profusely and bandaged his head, James said, before taking him to Methodist Hospital.

Workers cutting down trees are supposed to cordon off the area with traffic cones, caution tape, and someone on the ground warning people away, a parks department spokeswoman said. But James claims the workers in the park were only taking the third precaution, and the man on the ground was distraught after the disaster.

“One of the guys — the guy who actually saw it fall on him — he lost it,” she said. “They were emotionally a mess.”

The victim works for an eatery on Van Brunt Street, James said, and is popular amongst residents of her building, where he is known as “the Chinese delivery guy.”

“He was the sweetest guy in the world,” she said. “When everybody found out he was injured, we were all so sad.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsturd says:
"An officer from the police Crash Investigation Squad inspects the delibery man’s crushed motorized bike."

These motorized "delibery" bikes are illegal.
Nov. 17, 2015, 10:19 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Now, I know that it's nice out today, so I certainly don't want to start any sort of trouble on the air like this. Having said that, I do believe we need to talk about this:
This Chinese American should have been warned in advance. I detect fowl play here. Please tell us what the food order consisted of, because if it was chicken, I think we have our case solved.
John Wasserman
Nov. 17, 2015, 12:37 pm
Ben from Brooklyn says:
Mike you got my vote..
Nov. 17, 2015, 4:45 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: