Worker Killed in Freak Accident
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 14- Investigators continue to piece together the events that led up to a worker being sucked into a cement-mixer in Hunts Point. Officials say the man died instantly.
Officers from the 41st Precinct were called to the intersection of Fox Street and Simpson Street in the Hunts Point section at 1:21 p.m. on January 6.
Cops say the victim was "unconscious and unresponsive," with severe trauma to his body. Officials would use a sheet to cover the gruesome scene as they investigated.
After a preliminary investigation conducted by the NYPD's Crash Investigation Squad, officials say the victim, identified as Edraz Lopez, 46, of Queens, NY., was having a mechanical problem with his 1996 Freightliner cement truck.
One police source explained, "When the victim went underneath the vehicle he became pinned in the rotating cement mixer.”
Paramedics arrived and quickly pronounced Lopez dead at the scene.
Lopez, who worked for Cova Concrete Corporation in Jamaica, NY., was delivering the cement to a construction site at the location at the time of his death.
Calls to Cova went straight to voice-mail, where a voice offered,
"Happy Holidays." The company later declined to comment on the incident.