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Headphones may have distracted killed walker


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It’s an accident all too many New Yorkers fear could happen to them if they’re not careful.

A 21-year-old pedestrian may have been listening to an iPod when he was struck and killed by a truck on Madison Avenue early yesterday, according to police and published reports.

Jason King of Third Avenue was walking across Madison Avenue at East 81st Street around 6 a.m. when a truck on Madison Avenue stopped and backed into the crosswalk, police said.

King was hit and dragged under the truck for about 30 feet, the Daily News reported. An iPod Nano and earphones were found at the scene, and King may have been listening to music and didn’t hear the truck, the newspaper reported, citing police sources.

No criminal charges have been filed against the driver.

New Yorker Ruben Campus, 32, said people get easily distracted with earphones.

“I used to run with headphones, but once I almost got run over by a car because I couldn’t hear it coming,” said Campus, of Washington Heights.

“Ever since then I never wear headphones when I walk on the street.”

In 2007, State Sen. Carl Kruger of Brooklyn proposed banning the use of electronic devices in crosswalks, after several pedestrians were killed while listening to music but has not been passed.

Tim Herrera contributed to this story.

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