Elderly man burns to death while riding bicycle

An elderly man riding his bicycle caught fire and burned to death Thursday night in Bethpage. Police say the victim, 87-year-old Joseph Rusin, was smoking a cigarette when his nylon jacket caught on

News 12 Staff

Mar 13, 2009, 2:45 PM

Updated 5,606 days ago

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An elderly man riding his bicycle caught fire and burned to death Thursday night in Bethpage.
Police say the victim, 87-year-old Joseph Rusin, was smoking a cigarette when his nylon jacket caught on fire. Rusin tried to put out the fire by rolling around on a front lawn. FedEx worker Ron Maisch also tried to help by spraying him with a fire extinguisher.
"I can still smell the flesh, it was burning off of him," says Maisch.
Rusin was transported to NUMC's burn unit, where he later died.


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