R.I.P. My friend- Man Killed in tire swing accident at NYC park


By Yolanda Spivey

I am deeply saddened to learn that a childhood friend of mine lost his life while playing with his niece at a New York City park a few days ago. 

Harlem resident, Aleim Perkins was only 39 years old.

The New York Post wrote he was a “doting uncle” who was out “having a fun day with his niece in an East Village playground.”

Eyewitness testimony stated that he pushed a tire swing a little too hard and it flew back into his face killing him.

Here’s more from the New York Post write up:

“He “aggressively” pushed an empty, 25-pound swing — but got too close as it flew back toward him and smashed him in the face, cops and witnesses said.

Unconscious and bleeding from the mouth in front of the stunned child, he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, and was pronounced dead.”

It was reported that witnesses were horrified by the freak accident.  He tried to get out of the way but the swing was “going too fast.”

The article in the New York Post further stated that the makers of the tire swing The Arch Tire Swing by Landscape Structures, “have previously sold unsafe playground equipment, prompting recalls of swings and slides in recent years.”

The swing that hit Aleim was made of ethyl vinyl acetate  and plastic polyethylene. It was a circle of rock-hard plastic molded over steel.

In an updated editorial from the New York Post, they explained that the city has made the decision not to remove the tire swing that killed Aleim.

This decision has left many to question the City’s decision.

A mom pushing her 2 year old son said, ““If the swing did that to an adult, I can’t imagine what it could do to a baby.”

The Parks Department has since extended their sympathies to Aleim’s family and is still investing the matter.

Aleim Perkins was my childhood friend.  I’ll never forget spending summers with him and his sisters in our Harlem neighborhood.

He was an eccentric kid that had a care-free, fun-loving demeanor to him even as he grew into an adult.  It doesn’t surprise me one bit that he was out having a great time with his niece, and I do believe he was the great uncle that many described him as being.

We lost touch after my family left the New York area, but I hope that he had the best life ever in his adult years. I pray that he was loved.






2 Responses to R.I.P. My friend- Man Killed in tire swing accident at NYC park

  1. candice says:

    This is sad, and that swing definitely looks unsafe. Maybe it could become a monument to what sounds like a wonderful man .

  2. Eric says:

    Thanks for posting this. Sounded like a good uncle, decent Brother. I will be more cognizant of this potential playground hazard.

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