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Mother of 5 killed after Coca-Cola truck loses control, slams into Bronx building

Posted at 4:14 PM, Oct 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 04:23:03-04

PORT MORRIS, The Bronx – One person was killed after a Coca-Cola truck hit into a group of pedestrians before crashing into a building in the Bronx Monday afternoon, police said.

The collision happened about 3:20 p.m. Monday, according to the NYPD.

Police determined a  2013 Nissan SUV operated by a 52-year-old woman was traveling eastbound on the inner roadway of Bruckner Boulevard when she hit the 2013 Kenworth commercial truck, driven by a 35-year-old man. Then, the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed near East 138 St and Bruckner Boulevard, jumping a curb and striking three pedestrians waiting at a bus stop, according to police.

One of the victims, Cheniqua Silva, 37, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Silva’s husband, Orlando Silva told PIX 11 he was on the phone with Cheniqua at the time of the accident when the call was unexpectedly cut short. “Somebody called me and told me that she had got hit.”

Silva said his wife was a devoted mother to five teenagers.

Eyewitnesses recalled the truck driver lost control after swerving to avoid a chain reaction accident. “There were motorcycle bikes right there, the car tried to miss the motorcycles,” said Atria Vaughn. Ericsson said next, “the car avoided the motorcycle, hit the truck, the truck lost control and he ran up into the building.”

“The lady just was standing there and people ran and she just didn’t get out of the way quick enough,” Vaughn said.

Coca-Cola released a statement saying it was deeply saddened by the death and that it was cooperating with the investigation.