Three More Dead Pedestrians — And Three More Drivers Uncharged

Photo: Franz Golhen
Photo: Franz Golhen

Three more pedestrians have died over the last three days in separate incidents that are different except for one disturbing similarity: in no case, was the driver charged.

On Saturday, the NYPD released information about two of the crashes — one involving an 80-year-old woman in the Village and the other causing the death of a 35-year-old man in Williamsburg.

On Thursday, the NYPD reported about the death of an unidentified man in East Flatbush.

Here’s what we know:

1. On Oct. 3, the senior woman was crossing 16th Street at around 10:40 a.m. when she was struck by the 41-year-old driver of a truck attempting to make a left turn from Seventh Avenue onto the side street. Maureen Meloy, of W. 20th Street, died of her injuries on Thursday, police said.

The operator remained on scene, according to police and there was no arrest.

“The investigation is ongoing,” the NYPD said in a statement.

2. On Oct. 18 at around 9:40 p.m., the 40-year-old driver of a GMC SUV traveling northbound on Lorimer Street hit a 35-year-old pedestrian who was crossing mid-block, north of Montrose Avenue. The vehicle remained on the scene, police said.

The man, Filiberto Coalt, died on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

There was no arrest.

“The investigation is ongoing,” police said.

3. On Oct. 2 at around 11:10 p.m., the driver of a 2002 Lexus was motoring eastbound on Avenue D when he or she struck a pedestrian who was attempting to cross the avenue mid block near E. 49th St. The driver remained at the scene. The pedestrian, whose identity has not been revealed, died on Thursday.

There was no arrest.

“The investigation is ongoing,” the NYPD said.

The three latest deaths come after another driver was uncharged in the death of Jinsheng Wu in Bensonhurst last week.

This is a developing outrage. Please check back later for updates.


  • walks bikes drives

    For #3, you might want to specify that it is Brooklyn.

  • Larry Littlefield

    With numbers two and three, I doubt the driver would be found at fault if the pedestrian was crossing mid-block, unless it could be shown they were speeding.

    But number one shows why it may be safer to cross mid block if you do so carefully.

  • Rider

    Regardless of who was “at fault,” these were preventable tragedies and it must be horrifying for the families. We have been treating public roadways as if they were merely traffic-moving machines. They are much more than that.

  • MatthewEH

    I think there’s been construction on the left-hand side on 7th Ave precisely at 16th Street. This may have contributed to the crash.

    Generally I feel like threats from motorists turning left from this part of 7th Ave has been ameliorated by the bike lane installation. It’s not so great here at the moment, though.

  • William Lawson

    Why do the NYPD bother saying “the investigation is ongoing”? Of course the investigation isn’t ongoing – the NYPD arrived at the scene, determined that they could get away without charging anyone along with all the hullabaloo and paperwork that entails, and they wrapped the case up there and then. Any subsequent statements they release to the media are 100% bullshit.

    I make no apologies in saying that I really hope the next victim of one of these fatal non-yield manslaughters is a cop. Because then we’ll see the wheels of justice turn like there is no tomorrow, and there will never be any excuses ever again.

  • MatthewEH

    I checked up on this on my commute home last night. No construction at all in the area any more. (A little bit south of 14th). Huh. 🙁


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