YORKVILLE — A well-liked deli proprietor recognized for his beneficiant spirit was fatally struck by a cab driver over the weekend whereas crossing a lethal intersection close to his retailer the place one other pedestrian was killed final yr.
Srymanean Manickam, fifty one, was crossing from east to west within the northern crosswalk at 78th Road and York Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, when a yellow cab making a left-hand flip onto York Avenue hit him, police and household stated.
Emergency medical staff took him to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Middle the place he was pronounced lifeless at 10 p.m., police stated.
The taxi driver, who hasn’t been recognized, stayed on the scene and was not arrested. Police stated expenses are pending and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD Freeway Collision Investigation Squad.
Manickam, recognized merely as “Mano,” was a Sri Lankan refugee who labored and managed the Tremendous-Del Market at 1474 York Ave. beginning when he was 18, incomes innumerable associates by way of the many years, household and pals stated.
Bobby Fuleki, 18, grew up consuming and hanging out on the deli, with Mano turning into a father determine to the teenager.
“‘Mano’ in Spanish means ‘hand,'” he stated on Monday outdoors the deli. “He was all the time giving a hand to everyone.”
Mano was recognized for his generosity, not solely by handing out meals and drinks to these in want, however giving work to these down on their luck, associates stated. He by no means stated “no” to anybody and all the time had a smile on his face.
“He’d assist me as a result of he knew I wanted work, so he’d ask me to make deliveries and do inventory,” stated 21-yr-previous Diego Elejalde. “It wasn’t simply work and meals he’d give, however he’d pour out his soul and converse knowledge to me, which can final me a lifetime. He was an enlightened soul.”
His pal John Broder, forty two, remarked that Mano epitomized one of the best of New York Metropolis.
“A Sri Lankan little man had an impression on hundreds of lives,” he stated. “[For] individuals who do not know New York Metropolis, New Yorkers are good.”
On Monday, the deli was filled with pals and acquaintances, expressing their condolences and sorrow, laying flowers, leaving notes, and hugging and crying collectively.
Mano’s brother, Soundramenan Manickam, was making an attempt to grapple with the truth of his demise Monday, noting that he…