Man dies after getting sucked into street sweeper

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By: Anika Rao 

A man was killed after getting sucked into a street sweeper, according to police reports.

The slow moving sweeper hit and killed the man near Barclays Center, on Friday night in Brooklyn, New York police said.

Ronald Sinvil, 36, was crossing Flatbush Avenue, near Atlantic Avenue at 1:00 a.m., and moved right into the path of the Sanitation vehicle, but at first, he was able to return to the sidewalk when he heard the horn sounded by the driver and people shouting at him, police said.

The driver, who was heading north on Flatbush Avenue, then thought he was out of danger and kept going. As the machine was passing by, a confused Sinvil, suddenly fell into the vehicle, and was absorbed by the machine, witnesses said.

The vehicle was only traveling a few miles per hour, although it may exceed 25 mph, while cleaning.

The driver remained at the scene and was not charged with a crime, police said. Witnesses said that Sinvil seemed to have been intoxicated.



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