Man dies after getting pinned between tree, car in Gravesend

A man died Monday after an accident in which he hit a tree while backing out onto a Brooklyn street.



The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. in front of 1742 West Seventh St. in Gravesend.



Police say 52-year-old Zheng Xin Lin was driving his Toyota minivan in reverse while he was partially outside it. They say his body hit a tree, pinning him between it and the car. He was unconscious and unresponsive when officers arrived at the scene.



Lin was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



Lin owned a 99-cent store on Kings Highway, around the corner from the site of the accident. Neighboring store owners describe him as a hard-working man.



He leaves behind a wife and 7-year-old child.


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