Flushing Resident Dies In Manhattan Parallel Parking Crash

 Flushing resident Zhang Deng Chun died was killed when a driver crashed his van into a group of pedestrians in Chinatown Monday. AP Image.

Flushing resident Zhang Deng Chun died was killed when a driver crashed his van into a group of pedestrians in Chinatown Monday. AP Image.

By Christina Carrega

A 56-year-old Flushing man was killed after an elderly driver mowed down a crowd of pedestrians while parallel parking Monday.

Zhang Deng Chun was near Forsyth and Canal Streets in Manhattan when a 2015 Toyota jumped the curb and backed into him and six others.

The driver of the car, Henry Herman, was attempting to parallel park when “the vehicle accelerated, striking several people near a fruit stand,” police said.

Chun, 56, and the crowd of shoppers were knocked to the pavement. Emergency responders reported to the scene and took six victims to a local hospital.

Two people were listed in critical condition, two suffered severe injuries and two were treated and refused further medical aid, police said.

Chun was pronounced dead on the scene.

Herman, 70 of Monroe, NY, remained on the scene and was charged with several traffic infractions including seven counts of failure to yield to pedestrians.

The reckless driver received a desk appearance ticket and was released from a nearby precinct.

If convicted, Herman could face fines of up to $150 for a first-time violation to $750 for a third offense in 18 months, according to myticketsnyc.org.