B.P.C. woman killed by van on Canal Street shopping for Chinese Lunar New Year products

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February 27, 2015- Downtown Express reports, “A 63-year-old Battery Park City woman was struck by a van on Canal St. on Wed., Feb. 18, shortly after 11 a.m., and died from her injuries the next day, police said.

Following an investigation, police reported that Yu-O Pan, of 380 Rector Place, was attempting to cross Canal St. midblock from south to north near Mott St. when she was hit by a 1998 Ford van traveling eastbound on Canal St.

The woman’s son, Gary Pan, 35, said his mother had been shopping for items for the Chinese Lunar New Year.

“She was buying stuff like oranges, chicken, pork, stuff like that,” he said.

He said she owned a restaurant in Brooklyn Heights, though declined to name it.

Originally from Taiwan, she came to the U.S. with her husband in the early 1970s. She lived in various spots in Downtown Manhattan, including Bayard St., Broadway, Bayard St. again, then Brooklyn Heights, before settling in Battery Park City, where she lived with her son and husband. They were a very close-knit family, her son said. They have no other relatives in America.”

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