NEW YORK -- A motorcyclist was struck and killed by a fire truck in Brooklyn, New York, while he was on his way to a memorial for another biker killed in a crash one year ago.
The motorcyclist, 46-year-old Reginald Brown of Brooklyn, was driving westbound on Monroe Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant when he collided with an FDNY fire truck at Marcy Avenue at about 4 p.m., officials said. He was a block away from his home.
Witness Danae Grandison said Brown's body "flew off the motorcycle," and he landed in front of a beauty salon. He was wearing a helmet.
The fire truck from Ladder Company 111 was responding to a fire at 315 Nostrand Ave., caused when a 17-year-old boy set off illegal fireworks, officials said. The truck had its lights and sirens on.
Brown was taken to Woodhull Hospital where he died, officials said.
Tiesha Safford said she was "confused" by how her cousin, who was a careful motorcyclist, could have been struck.
"He rides his bike pretty slow so I don't know how he wasn't able to hear them," said Brown's cousin Tiesha Safford. "I don't understand."
Friends told NBC 4 New York Brown was going to a memorial for a friend who died in a motorcycle crash one year ago on Utica Avenue and Avenue D in Brooklyn.
"He said he was going to change his clothes, and we were going to link up to go to the memorial for a friend of ours," said friend Sidest Mahadi.
Brown was a stickler for rules, said Mahadi.
The teen accused of using the illegal fireworks was later arrested, FDNY officials said.