A 61-year-old nurse tragically died after she was crushed by a backhoe at a busy intersection in Brooklyn.
Estelle Davis was walking through the intersection of Van Sinderen Avenue and New Lots Avenue when a backhoe knocked and ran her over.
In the surveillance footage released on Saturday, the nurse appeared to have her head down and seemed to be looking at many objects in her hand when she crossed the intersection.
She did not notice that a backhoe was being driven in reverse by the driver who was also unaware of the woman.
The shovel of the backhoe slammed into Davis’ head and knocked her down. But the rear actor continued onto the intersection, dragging the nurse’s body for several feet.
When the backhoe drove off, the woman’s body was seen motionless in the middle of the road.
New York Police Department said that officers who responded to the 911 call found the unconscious woman near Van Sinderen Avenue and New Lots Avenue at around 2:23 pm on Friday.
Her grieving husband, 59-year-old Cleveland Thomas Jr, told the New York Daily News: “Estelle – she has a heart of gold, always willing to help people.”
“She was a pastor, she owns the title of school teacher and a nurse, so she’s extremely people oriented,” Thomas continued.
“And she’s always willing to help others who are in need.”
The heartbroken husband added: “She would save the whole world if she could. She’s dedicated, she’s dedicated to people.”
Thomas said that he received the devastating call from Brookdale doctors after 3 pm on Friday. The call left him “filled with anxiety” and feeling “disoriented.”
“When I went to the hospital and saw her body, I just kissed her and kissed her and kissed her and cried,” he expressed.
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