NYPD: “No Criminality” as Truck Driver Kills Woman in Brooklyn Crosswalk

The white arrow represents the path of Latiesha Ramsey, and the red arrow the approximate path of the truck driver who hit her, based on NYPD’s account of the crash. Image: Google Maps
The white arrow represents the path of Latiesha Ramsey, and the red arrow the approximate path of the truck driver who hit her, based on NYPD’s account of the crash. Image: Google Maps

Update: NYPD told the Daily News the truck driver “had the right of way” when he drove over Latiesha Ramsey.

The driver of a box truck fatally struck a woman in a crosswalk in Bedford-Stuyvesant this morning. NYPD filed no charges.

Latiesha Ramsey, 37, was crossing Lafayette Avenue at around 10:20 when the driver ran her over while making a left turn from Lafayette onto Kossuth Place, NYPD told Gothamist. Police said Ramsey was walking south to north in the crosswalk.

Police told Gothamist “no criminality is suspected.” WABC reported that the driver, a 49-year-old man whose name was not released, “was not expected to be charged.”

Reports said Ramsey was pushing a cart of laundry. From DNAinfo:

A witness said the woman, who lived several blocks away on Patchen Avenue, was in the middle of the street heading north across Lafayette Avenue when the light turned green.

As the truck bore down on her, she tried to warn the driver.

“She put her hands up,” Renee Best, 25, who saw the accident, said. “[She yelled] whoa, whoa, whoa — boom.”

She was caught under the truck’s back tire, dragging her about ten feet and her laundry about a block north to Broadway.

“She was face down bleeding through her ears. [The driver] didn’t stop ’til everybody flagged him down,” said Nelson Diaz, 42, who lives nearby.

New York State law requires trucks weighing over 26,000 pounds that operate in NYC to be equipped with convex “crossover” mirrors, which give drivers a view of the road directly in front of them. But loopholes in the law are keeping dangerous trucks on city streets. The weight clause exempts trucks that have the same cab configuration, and the same “blind spots,” as heavier trucks. and the law applies only to trucks that are registered in New York State.

Based on photos of the scene, the truck involved in this morning’s crash appears to have New Jersey plates and no crossover mirrors.

The crash that killed Latiesha Ramsey occurred in the 81st Precinct, which is holding a community council meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at 1958 Fulton Street. Community council meetings are a great way to communicate directly with precinct brass and local electeds about street safety. The commanding officer of the 81st Precinct is Deputy Inspector Scott M. Henderson.

The City Council district where Latiesha Ramsey was killed is represented by Robert Cornegy.

  • armyvet00

    This is the least “left” moving a left turn could be. He essentially hit her straight on.

  • alwaystestthespi

    I was grieved when I saw the truck and her cart still underneath

  • Zero Vision

    The silence from Mayor de Blasio as innocent people with the right of way are slaughtered is deafening.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    this is what is most troubling – BdB could Be a hero and get re elected forever id he led on this issue. New Yorkers are waking up to the subject of traffic violence.

    whichever Pol First takes up the banner will become a national figure

  • N. Flagrante

    Your illustration shows her crossing Kossuth Place, not Lafayette Ave.

    If she was crossing in fact crossing Lafayette, then she must have been walking up the west side of Patchen Avenue, and crossing right in front of the truck as he was stopped at the light, and when the light changed he accelerated from a full stop right into her.

  • MatthewEH

    Yeah, I think this is what happened too. I don’t see how the pedestrian signal to cross Kossuth could also have been green at the same time as the light at Lafayette was green, but I don’t know this intersection well.

  • neroden

    NYPD supports killing innocent people. This is conspiracy to commit manslaughter, and they need to be arrested for it.

  • Mark Walker

    At what point does NYPD’s constant litany of “no criminality” become a massive pattern of obstruction of justice?

  • bggb

    If the truck was turning how could it have had right of way?

  • KeNYC2030

    “Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.”

  • WalkingNPR

    I despise their use of “criminality.” It completely plays to the mindset of those who think the Right of Way law should not be enforced because “it’s not like they intended to hit someone.”

    No one cares if you think there was “criminality,” NYPD. Is there a dead/injured pedestrian who had the right of way? Yes? Then do your job.

  • Brad Aaron

    Yeah that shouldn’t be.

    I’m working on an update.

  • neroden

    It already is. The question is, rather, “Who’s gonna prosecute?”

    The NYPD crime gang bosses believe that they have the DAs in their pocket.

    Are they correct?

    Will the state AG or the federal DOJ step up?

    Will a grand jury “go runaway” and prosecute the cops on its own (they have the legal power to)?

    Can a DA be elected on a platform of arresting the criminal cops?