Fatal Canal St. accident
One man died and another was injured at 8:06 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 when a car coming off the Manhattan Bridge skidded on an ice patch, plowed into a cab and then struck two pedestrians at the notoriously dangerous intersection of Bowery and Canal St.
Police said Wad Lin Ya, 42, was crossing the street when the car ran him over. He was declared dead at Bellevue Hospital and another Asian man, 52, not otherwise identified by police, was taken to Bellevue in stable condition.
The incident was deemed an accident and the driver, Brian Leaver, of Saugerties, N.Y., was not charged.
A Transportation Alternatives study of pedestrian-auto accidents during the three-year period 1999-2001 showed two deaths and 14 injury accidents during the study period at the Canal St./Bowery ramp at the Manhattan Bridge.
The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and the city are planning to make pedestrian safety improvements.
The owner of a candy store at 16 Thompson St. between Canal and Grand St. was standing outside the shop on Friday morning, Dec. 9 when a man dressed all in black and wearing a black face masked walked up to him at 9:45 a.m. wielding a silver handgun with a red barrel and said, Get in the store and open the register before I shoot you, according to police. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.