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The Final Crash Victim of 2018 Died Just After the New Year Began [Updated]

11:19 AM EST on January 9, 2019

Photo: Franz Golhen

A 69-year-old man passed away on New Year's Day from injuries sustained the previous evening, police said.

Mustag Ahmad, of Bensonhurst, was crossing New Utrecht Avenue near 82nd Street at around 6:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve, when the 44-year-old driver of a 2017 Honda Accord struck him, according to NYPD. Cops blamed the victim by saying he was crossing "mid-block, outside the marked crosswalk" — but failed to point out that there is no crosswalk at that location.

Ahmad was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center with severe head trauma. He died the next day.

New Utrecht Avenue at 82nd Street — near where NYPD says the victim was "crossing outside the crosswalk." Photo: Google Street View
New Utrecht Avenue at 82nd Street — near where NYPD says the victim was struck "outside the marked crosswalk." Photo: Google Street View
New Utrecht Avenue at 82nd Street — near where NYPD says the victim was "crossing outside the crosswalk." Photo: Google Street View

No charges have been filed against the driver. The speed limit on New Utrecht Avenue is 25 miles per hour. Had the driver been traveling that speed, it's unlikely Ahmad would have been killed.

Despite dying in 2019, Ahmad's death will be counted in 2018, according to a spokesman for the Department of Transportation. An investigation by the department's Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.

Updated: The original version of this story was based on misinformation provided by the NYPD and has been updated to reflect that Ahmad will be classified as a 2018 fatality.

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