UPDATE: Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Truck Driver at Horrible Flatbush Intersection

The crash scene moments after Susan Douglass was killed at Flatbush and Nostrand avenues. Photo: Derick Waller/WABC7
The crash scene moments after Susan Douglass was killed at Flatbush and Nostrand avenues. Photo: Derick Waller/WABC7

Update | Police have now released a video of the truck driver who cops say hit and killed a pedestrian at a notorious intersection in Flatbush early Wednesday morning and kept on driving as she died in the street.

Police say that the trucker, driving a blue flatbed 18-wheeler, fatally struck Linda Douglass, 67, as she crossed Flatbush Avenue at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue, killing her. He fled and is currently being sought.

The “flatbed tractor trailer” had been traveling northbound on Flatbush at around 4:48 a.m., when it hit Douglass, who had just exited a van and was crossing from east to west on the commercial strip, police said. The NYPD declined to give more information, citing an ongoing investigation.

Cops are asking anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 800-577-8477 (TIPS). Police say all calls will be kept confidential.

Residents of the area know it as a dangerous crossing.

Statistics bear out locals’ fear.

In just 2018 alone, there were 89 crashes in the one-block radius of the poorly designed, free-for-all intersection. Five cyclists and 14 pedestrians were injured.

To put that carnage in context, the 70th Precinct is one of the most dangerous places on earth, with car drivers causing roughly 3,400 crashes in just 2018, injuring 117 cyclists and 271 pedestrians, killing one.

  • Really? One of the most dangerous places on earth?

    C’mon, Gersh. Just the facts, please.

  • Urbanely

    Aside from the intersection design, was it legal for an 18-wheeler to be here? There are many large trucks that move throughout the City in places where they are not allowed. Many of them park on the streets in Canarsie, Flatbush, parts of Queens, etc. Does anybody know if this size of truck was permitted on this street?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Yes it was legal. That’s one of the only through truck routes in Brooklyn, out to/from the Rockaways. The Prospect Expressway to McDonald to Church Avenue and down Flatbush Avenue.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2015-06-08-truck-map-combined.pdf

    I suggest anyone who wants go get rid of the BQE take a look at that map first.

  • William Lawson

    I’m truly surprised that the NYPD haven’t yet offered their customary defense for the driver. “It’s possible he didn’t know he’d hit anyone,” they usually say. Is it possible that they’ve actually listened to public outrage and stopped the practice?

  • William Lawson

    The driver has been located and has been released without charge, once again leaving reasonable New Yorkers who have a rational sense of justice the feeling that with any luck, the next person to go under one of these trucks will be an NYPD cop.

  • kevd

    flatbush is an official NYC truck route

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