A skateboarder was killed yesterday afternoon by a truck on Union Square West. Now, despite initial reports identifying him as an unnamed 24-year-old male, we can confirm that the person killed was Kyle Larson, a 20-year-old NYU sophomore. The NYPD as well as sources close to Larson confirmed his death.
Larson was riding down Union Square West alongside the truck when a bicyclist riding the wrong way up the street caused him to swerve, reported Gothamist. He veered under the truck, which did not stop in time to save his life. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. [UPDATE: Gothamist has posted a surveillance video of the wanted cyclist, embedded below.]
Originally from Manhasset, Long Island, Larson was an undecided student in the College of Arts and Sciences. While in high school, Larson was the drum major of the Manhasset marching band. Members of the Manhasset high school marching band community received an email from Band Director Randy Knudsen this evening about Larson’s death, describing him as a “tremendous musician and student leader.”
“Fellow student musicians who knew Kyle saw him as a very passionate musician who dedicated the most part of his high school career to the music program at Manhasset High School. The community lost a very special person last night. I assure you his legacy will not be forgotten for many years,” Knudsen wrote.
Larson toured Eastern Europe as a clarinetist and saxophonist with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra in July 2010, led by executive director John McNeur.
“He was a great orchestra member and loved by all of the members of the touring ensemble,” McNeur told NYU Local.
NYU has yet to issue a statement regarding his death. The wake is being held Friday at Fairchild Funeral Home in Manhasset.
If you were a friend of the victim and need someone to talk to, call the Wellness Exchange hotline at (212)-443-9999. We’ll update as developments progress.