80-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed in Sheepshead Bay; No Charges Filed

An 80-year-old man was killed while walking in Sheepshead Bay on Tuesday.

According to NYPD and online reports, Aron Dudkin was crossing East 7th Street at Avenue T at 6:45 a.m. when he was hit by the driver of a Nissan. Dudkin was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The driver, a 21-year-old male, remained at the scene. “There is no criminality,” an NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog. No further information was available.

The crossing where Dudkin was hit is a signalized intersection. Was he crossing with the light? Was the driver proceeding through the intersection on Avenue T, or turning from East 7th? Judging by video from the scene, it looks as if the victim was knocked out of his shoes. Was speed a factor? Unfortunately, these crucial details are kept off-limits by NYPD. As far the general public is concerned, in all likelihood this case is closed.

The crash that killed Aron Dudkin occurred in the 61st Precinct. The commanding officer there is Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Mastrokostas or other precinct higher-ups, drop in on the next community council meeting. The 61st Precinct council meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 3093 Ocean Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Call ahead (718-627-6847) to confirm meeting dates and times.

  • Shekb

    Having lived at T and E. 8th for a couple of years, I can attest that drivers routinely speed down both Avenues and numbered streets at an alarming rate as well as cheat lights. I’m not shocked in the least that this occurred.

  • dporpentine

    How I dearly wish there really was an organization called Seniors for Safety.

  • Shalom

    CLEARLY no one knows what actually happened and all we heard were the media’s viewpoint but after hearing the officer, then we can’t judge the 21 if no criminality was reported. case closed because it might have exactly been an accident. Shekb I live near that area as well but I feel that your claim should be disputed and erased. If you feel your not safe on T and E. 8, you should just leave the neighborhood.

  • Jkspinning

    Substitute “bicyclist” for “driver” and the calculus on “criminality” would change.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    …and in South Brooklyn, where many civic leaders have gone great lengths to defeat or undue traffic safety measures, more people are getting killed, and life goes on. Or life ends if you just got killed by a car.

  • It seems so unfair that some people can just get off without any punishment for their deeds.

  • Mike

    The man that was killed was my uncle.  He was hit with such force that his spine disconnected from his body.  The doctors wouldn’t even let us see his body because he was so badly disfigured.  I’m not saying that this was not an accident, but we still don’t know if the kid was on his cell phone or not.  Also, if he was driving the speed limit there is no way that he could have caused this much damage.

  • The Truth

    The poster using the handle “Shalom” must not know what the word means.

    How else could they tell somebody who feels that an intersection in their neighborhood is unsafe, they should move somewhere else?!

  • Anonymous

    As harsh as it is to say “Spot on Jkspinning, spot on”.

    Given the current anti-cyclist climate if this had been a cyclist that had killed this gentleman it would have been banner headlines in The Daily News.  However because this man was just another in a long and growing list of what is tantamount to vehicular homicide it barely causing people to raise an eye brow.  (With all due respect to the gentleman and his family.)


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