“I am incredibly saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend, Alfredo Thiebaud, founder and president of Delicioso Coco Helado.

“Through his company, Mr. Thiebaud was able to provide an opportunity for employment to thousands of individuals, many of them new immigrants to this country, by joining his workforce. These carts, which sold Mr. Thiebaud’s signature flavors of helado—such as coconut, cherry and mango—have become synonymous with summer fun, and were born right here in The Bronx.

“Mr. Thiebaud always gave back to the community, and was among our borough’s greatest humanitarians. He was always quick to help a community group or a school with their event, donating money, time or product to numerous worthy causes across the city. He was a frequent supporter of Bronx Week, as well as other events produced by my office, and he was always willing to go the extra mile for the people of The Bronx.

“Alfredo Thiebaud was a great man and a great friend, and this tragic accident has deprived us of one of the best. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his employees and the thousands of people who have lost a true friend today with the passing of Alfredo Thiebaud,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.