Heward Velez, 50, was hit by a Cadillac SUV in a southbound lane of the FDR Drive near East 100th Street around 5 a.m. on Saturday, police said. Emergency responders discovered Velez unconscious and unresponsive on the roadway and rushed him to Metropolitan Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The Moonachie, New Jersey, resident had been driving north on the FDR when he sideswiped a Jeep, police said. After Velez and the Jeep driver pulled over and had a conversation, Velez suddenly started running across the highway, police said.
The father of two was visiting New York City after spending the night with his two children, his wife Yvonne Cubero told the Daily News.