Tonight: Vigil in Fort Greene for Victoria Nicodemus

The family of Victoria Nicodemus will join with local electeds and advocates tonight to call on DA Ken Thompson to bring reckless drivers to justice.
The family of Victoria Nicodemus will join with local electeds and advocates tonight to call on DA Ken Thompson to bring reckless drivers to justice.

Two weeks ago, a curb-jumping driver struck and killed Victoria Nicodemus in Fort Greene. Tonight, her family and coworkers will join with electeds and advocates to demand justice for victims of traffic violence. The public is invited to attend.

On Sunday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m., Nicodemus, 30, was walking with her boyfriend along Fulton Street when Marlon Sewell, 39, veered his SUV around a stopped bus and onto the sidewalk. Nicodemus was struck and died from her injuries at Brooklyn Hospital Center. Her boyfriend, 37, and another man, 75, were also injured in the crash. Sewell was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and driving without insurance, two low-level misdemeanors. He was not charged with homicide.

Nicodemus was an art curator for the organization Indiewalls, which helps bring independent art to commercial spaces across the country. Tonight, Indiewalls will join her family, Transportation Alternatives, and Council Member Laurie Cumbo for a vigil and public art installation meant to call attention to traffic violence and demand that Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson prosecute the case and hold Sewell accountable for Nicodemus’ death.

The vigil starts at 6:30 p.m. at the northeast corner of Fulton Street and South Portland Avenue, by the Habana Outpost restaurant.


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