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Someone just got killed by a truck on the corner of 6th and 14th, in front of Urban Outfitters.
public-service announcement of the day: Be careful out there, kids.
at 10:14 on August 28th, 2005
By JEGO ARMSTRONG and JONATHAN LEMIREDAILY NEWS WRITERS
A beloved Holocaust survivor was crushed to
death by a big rig in Manhattan yesterday when the truck slammed into
her as she crossed a busy intersection, police said.
Lea Zimmermann, 86, was pulled under the truck's wheels and killed
instantly at the corner of W. 14th St. and Sixth Ave., police said.
"She helped people more than she helped herself," said Helen Zwyer, who
lived in the same lower East Side building as Zimmermann.
"She was so vital, she made the most out of her life," Zwyer added.
Zimmermann was heading to a doctor's appointment for treatment for an
ear infection when she tried to cross W. 14th St., cops and witnesses
She was not in the crosswalk and got about 15 feet across the street
when she stepped into the 10-wheeler's path at about 11:20 a.m.
"I looked out and saw the truck hit her, and she went straight down,"
said Jason Petersen, 18, a freshman at New York University. "The next
thing I know, I saw blood everywhere."
The truck, owned by a Bronx medical waste disposal company, Stericycle,
was driven by Edmund McMullen, 45, of Peekskill. He told detectives he
never saw the frail 4-foot-11 woman and was not charged with any
Zimmermann spent 18 months in the notorious Auschwitz concentration
camp during World War II and was only spared the awful fate that met 30
of her relatives by proving her worth to the Germans as a translator,
her neighbors said.
"She was a role model to me," Zwyer said. "I'm going to miss her
vitality, her strength, her kindness and her wisdom. She's not like
"Every morning at 8:15 a.m. we'd knock on each other's doors to make
sure we're each still alive," said Sylvia Stutz, 89, sadly.
"I'm going to miss her every morning at 8:15. I'm going to miss her all the time."
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