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    Beloved grandfather struck and killed by tractor-trailer in the Bronx

    A Bronx grandfather died near the Madison Ave. Bridge in Mott Haven after he was rundown by a tractor-trailer whose driver drove away from the scene, police said.

    The white truck was making a left turn onto E. 138th St. from the southbound lane of Exterior St. around 4 p.m. Thursday when it struck victim Jerry Sprigg, 71.


    Sprigg was found lying in the roadway with head trauma. Medics rushed him to Lincoln Medical Center, but he could not be saved.

    The truck driver drove away from the scene, and is still being sought. Police suspect the driver may not have realized what happened.


    Sprigg’s daughter Monique Williams couldn’t explain what he was doing miles away from home.

    “He is a busy man and that day. He was probably on his way home," said Williams. “He is a retiree and he used to work as a maintenance worker.”

    “My father was a good man he had two daughters and five grandchildren," the grieving daughter added. “He worked hard and lived a good life and was very respectful, and didn’t deserve to die that way.”

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