Unlicensed Driver Kills Abrehet Hagos on Broadway in Washington Heights

Broadway and 180th Street, where an allegedly unlicensed driver killed Abrehet Hagos last weekend. Broadway in Upper Manhattan is a Vision Zero priority corridor, but NYC mainly relies on speed enforcement, which is sporadic, to slow motorists. Image: Google Maps
Broadway and 180th Street, where an allegedly unlicensed driver killed Abrehet Hagos last weekend. Broadway in Upper Manhattan is a Vision Zero priority corridor, but NYC mainly relies on speed enforcement, which is sporadic, to slow motorists. Image: Google Maps

A woman allegedly driving without a valid license stuck and killed a man in Washington Heights last weekend.

Abrehet Hagos, 50, was walking at the intersection of Broadway and W. 180th Street on Sunday when 24-year-old Kyara DeJesus hit him with a 2007 Mercedes, according to Patch and DNAinfo.

Hagos, who lived in the Bronx, sustained injuries to his head and torso and died at Harlem Hospital.

DeJesus, of Harlem, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, a low level misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 30 days in a jail and a $500 fine — though actual penalties are rarely that severe, even in cases where an unlicensed driver kills someone. DeJesus was not charged for the act of taking Hagos’s life.

Broadway from Columbus Circle to the Broadway Bridge, which links Manhattan and the Bronx, is a Vision Zero priority corridor. Motorists killed 18 people walking along the corridor between 2009 and 2013, according to DOT, and there were 118 crashes that resulted in serious pedestrian injury or death during that period.

As in most of Washington Heights and Inwood, Broadway at W. 180th Street is often a chaotic mess, with no bike lanes and one through-lane in each direction generally occupied by double-parked vehicles. Upper Broadway was designated as an arterial slow zone in 2014, but the city relies mostly on police enforcement, which is historically not a priority for local precincts, to slow motorists down.

Officers from the 34th Precinct, where this crash occurred, had ticketed just 255 drivers for speeding this year as of October.

Abrehet Hagos was killed in the City Council district represented by transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez.

  • Kevin Love

    “Authorities had earlier identified Maldonado as their main suspect after they found the man’s car in Connecticut, but were waiting for a grand jury to indict him on felony charges before making an arrest, officials said.”

    Because letting a killer remain at large for months and months is standard procedure no matter what the weapon used… Oh wait…

  • HamTech87

    Governor Cuomo needs to enable the his DMV to create a mandatory reporting system for employers whose drivers are reckless or intoxicated. Educational, health, and social service organizations have child abuse mandatory reporting; why shouldn’t companies operating motor vehicles?

  • com63

    Re: “Turning MTA Bus Driver Runs Over Mom Pushing Stroller on 111th Street”
    The victim was clearly in the crosswalk walking with the light and the driver should be arrested and charged. Let’s hope the Daily News’ quote about “no charges expected” is the usual misinformed leak from the irresponsible NYPD sources on these things.

  • AMH

    Yeah, what was their reasoning?

  • sbauman

    111th St is not the Q23’s normal route. It’s been subject to a detour because of construction on its normal route at 108th St and 43rd Ave. The detour streets are wider than most streets in the area but none is a truck route.

  • Driver

    Many bus routes are on streets that are not truck routes.

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