Two Pedestrians Killed in 12 Hours

The intersection of Classon Avenue and Fulton Street, where a pedestrian may have been killed by a driver this morning. Image: Google Street View.
The intersection of Classon Avenue and Fulton Street, where a pedestrian was reportedly killed by a driver this morning. Image: ##,+New+York,+NY&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=35.684144,78.925781&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=545+Classon+Ave,+Brooklyn,+Kings,+New+York+11238&ll=40.681175,-73.957515&spn=0.008348,0.019269&z=16&layer=c&cbll=40.681945,-73.958626&panoid=bl88Nks-2Aj4Cych46Fb4g&cbp=12,177.52,,0,4.6##Google Street View.##

We’ve received a report from a reliable source that a pedestrian was killed by a driver on Classon Avenue in Brooklyn, the second pedestrian fatality since last night. The crash occurred near the intersection of Classon and Fulton Street, just before 6:00 this morning. We’re following up with the police for more information.

Last night in Queens, another New Yorker lost her life while walking. As reported in the Daily News, a driver turning from 63rd Road onto Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills hit a 58-year-old woman crossing the street. The driver continued forward, dragging the woman underneath the car, until someone ran out into the street to alert him, according to the News. The driver is not expected to be charged.

UPDATE: The NYPD have confirmed the details of this morning’s fatal crash. The collision took place just after 5:00 this morning, just north of the intersection of Fulton and Classon. A 26-year-old male driver was traveling north on Classon when he struck a man in his 60s crossing Classon from west to east. The pedestrian was killed and the driver, who remained at the scene, was taken to Kings County Hospital for his injuries. There is no criminality suspected at this time, according to the police.

The NYPD also confirmed the News’ report of last night’s fatal crash. The driver turned left from 63rd onto Yellowstone and hit a pedestrian crossing Yellowstone. “There appears to be no criminality at this time,” say the police.

  • Active voice, folks, active voice: “a driver killed a pedestrian”

  • Chris

    Of course there’s no criminality. There never is and there never will be. These stories are just getting old and making me angry.

  • Meanwhile, in the Netherlands:

    “…driving laws make motor vehicle drivers responsible for all accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists as a matter of course, regardless of actual fault — because motor vehicles are so much bigger and faster, drivers are required to engage in extranormal levels of caution and responsibility compared to the U.S.”

  • Wow. Hayley and Diego’s Law is never, ever going to be invoked, is it?

  • Chris

    What should we do with our anger?

  • Miriam

    This is a few blocks from me. I hate some of the drivers in my neighborhood. Most of the worst drivers are young Russian guys with dads car racing to beat the light, or just racing. Once, I saw a lady get hit on 108th street close by. A lot of people drive SUVs around here…god knows why. Today I saw three cars go through a red light. Lots of parking ticket agents around here, but no cops giving out tickets for for speeding. I,m contacting the police and councilwoman to complain and request undercover cops to monitor the driving around here. There are 4 schools and two playgrounds in the nabe…people need to slow down!!

  • Miriam

    I,m referring to the accident in queens.


The intersection of Classon and Lexington, where Lauren Davis was struck and killed by a turning driver last April.

Family of Lauren Davis Asks CB 3 to Support Classon Ave Bike Lane

Davis was biking on Classon in the direction of traffic on the morning of April 15 when a left-turning driver in a Fiat struck and killed her. Her sister Danielle launched an online petition urging community boards 2 and 3 and local council members Laurie Cumbo and Robert Cornegy, Jr. to support a bike lane on Classon, and almost 6,000 people have signed on.

DOT Planning Buffered Bike Lane on Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene

DOT plans to install a buffered bike lane this summer on Lafayette Avenue in Brooklyn between Fulton Street and Classon Avenue. The project, which the Brooklyn Community Board 2 transportation committee voted for unanimously last night, calls for a five-foot bike lane protected by a three-foot buffer zone [PDF]. It will be an upgrade from the current shared lane […]