I happened to be walking by shortly after this occurred at around 3:30 PM. I had no clue at the time how serious it was. I saw the man laying on the ground as I passed by on my van and construction workers who were working on the nearby fire house were directing traffic. I parked the van a block away and went on about my business. I should have suspected something was up when police were still at the intersection hours later guarding the spot where it happened.
On waking up this morning and reading the papers I had a sick feeling more than I normally would. I suppose it was the fact that I had actually seen it. The stories are covered in the various New York papers and outlets. In the Daily News, Newsday and 7 Online. It is really a sad way to end the year.