Pedestrian Killed in Crown Heights on Monday, No Charges Filed

Thirty-two pedestrians died on Eastern Parkway between 1995 and 2009. Two were killed in the last two months. Image: CrashStat

A 20-year-old man was struck and killed on Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on Monday.

The victim was crossing the street near Schenectady Avenue at approximately 8:40 a.m. when he was hit by the driver of a westbound Ford van, according to NYPD and published reports. He was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he died.

Police are withholding the name of the victim pending notification of relatives. The driver remained at the scene. An NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog there is “no criminality at this time.”

Two blocks east from the site of Monday’s crash, Jusheem Thorne was killed by two hit-and-run drivers in March. Last November, 87-year-old Theauther Love was fatally struck on Eastern Parkway near Bergen Street in Brownsville by a traffic enforcement agent driving a marked NYPD vehicle. Between 1995 and 2009, there were 32 pedestrian fatalities on Eastern Parkway, according to Transportation Alternatives’ CrashStat.

This fatal crash occurred in the 77th Precinct. To voice your concerns about traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Elvio Capocci, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 77th community council meets at 7:30 p.m. every second Monday at 127 Utica Avenue. Call the precinct at 718-735-0634 for more information.

  • Eric McClure

    “No criminality at this time?” Why don’t they just save themselves the trouble and say there’s NO CRIMINALITY EVER?

  • KB

    Have the stats improved ever since the DOT implemented safe-streets on Empire Blvd? (dedicated turning lanes, ped islands, cycling lane, single travel lane both ways).

    Street safety in the nabe is improving; Kingston Ave just underwent a huge transformation with wider sidewalks and sidewalk corner extensions. I hope traffic calming through the use of speed cams can be applied to Eastern Parkway. The central buffer would benefit from ped islands but it is more critical for emergency vehicles. As a resident, I have seen quite a number of first-responder vehicles (both Hatzalah and standard ambulances) use the buffer and would be sad to see it go (though I readily welcome ped islands; there are too many impatient peds risking their lives crossing mid-block on the 5-lane pseudo-highway)

  • Anonymous

    I guess it was just an accident. He didn’t mean to kill that guy. He just looked up and–boom–there was a person in the crosswalk. Whattayagonnado?
    What are we going to do?

  • Shmuelik

    Did this happen in Council member David Greenfield’s district? Good thing he’s focusing his attention on bike helmet legislation. 

  • Shmuelik

    Did this happen in Council member David Greenfield’s district? Good thing he’s focusing his attention on bike helmet legislation. 

  • Dereklomer

    i have driven a vehicle for many years on Eastern Pkwy as well as biked it often.  Pedestrians cross the six lanes of busy traffic often in the most brazen and dangerous manner.  Many of the deaths occur mid-block, not at cross walks.  If a driver hits a ped while the ped is legally crossing in a cross walk, they should be charged with negligent homicide.  When they kill some idiot running six lanes of fast moving traffic mid block they should be provided with trauma therapy.

  • Ian Turner

    Dereklomer: So, you think that the death penalty is an appropriate punishment for jaywalking?

  • Dereklomer

    Ian that makes no sense.  People die everyday in accidents where there is no intent to kill. I have seen lots of stupid behavior by drivers, cyclists and peds.  Clearly the cops are biased because they only drive.  Stupidity like running six lanes of traffic mid block or on a red light often has tragic results.  Then add to that the inattention or stupidity of countless drivers and you have situations like this.  The bias of cops is evident in the fact that drivers never get charged in these deaths unless they are drunk or take off.  However it would be idiotic to demand that every driver that kills a ped or cyclist in an accident be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

  • Chris

    I have to second Derek’s comment. Eastern Parkway is awful, and I have seen shocking choices made there by users of every transportation mode. I don’t know, though, if you can cross midblock there, since there are barricades along many of the parkway’s blocks in that area. Rarely are vehicle speeds anywhere near the posted limit, so even if (*if*, which I don’t know) this was an instance of crossing mid-block, or against the light, there may still be plenty of blame to assign to the driver.


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