Volume 17 • Issue 26 | Nov. 19 - 25, 2004



Chinatown nun killed

A flatbed truck hauling steel beams and hydraulic equipment struck and killed an 80-year-old retired nun at W. 23rd St. at Sixth Ave. at 10:35 a.m. Mon., Nov. 15, police said.

Katherine Lee, a Maryknoll Sister who formerly worked at the Church of the Transfiguration on Mott St. and still attended mass there, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was unaware of the accident until he heard the horrified screams of witnesses, police said.
The westbound truck, owned by Ment Bros. Iron Works, of 150 W. 22nd St., was turning north onto Sixth Ave. when it hit Lee, who walked with the aid of a cane. The driver, who stopped about 50 feet from the spot, was taken to Bellevue in near shock after the accident, according to a Daily News report. Police said there was no criminality involved and no summons was issued.

On July 29, 2002, a woman was killed by a garbage truck making a turn at the same intersection, according to a New York Times report.



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