A Pedestrian Was Killed Today In Harlem

The fatal corner. Photo: Google
The fatal corner. Photo: Google

A 55-year-old man was run down and killed by the driver of a BMW on Harlem’s Malcolm X Boulevard early Saturday morning, police said.

The official NYPD report gave few details, saying only that a preliminary investigation revealed that pedestrian Leon Frazier was attempting to cross “Lenox Avenue” from east to west at 112th Street at around 4 a.m. when the 27-year-old driver of the 2013 luxury car slammed into him as he turned left onto the avenue from the side street. The driver remained on the scene and there were no arrests.

That stretch of Malcolm X Boulevard is not known as especially dangerous. Still, just last year, there were 25 crashes between Central Park North and 113th Street, causing injuries to two cyclists, four pedestrians and 13 motorists.

Saturday is a reminder that roadways are never entirely safe, a point driven home at a mayoral press conference on Friday by 16-year-old Avery Dermer, whose friend had been run over and killed in 2014.

  • Komanoff

    Sorry to read this, of course. But kudos to Sblog for subtly but firmly calling out NYPD for ID’ing “Lenox Ave” rather than the co-name “Malcolm X Blvd.” Well done, Gersh.

  • William Lawson

    BMW that the driver hit him with is associated with a whole bunch of tickets that somehow got written off and reduced. Your guess as to why and how.

  • TheFrequentPoster

    Who was holding the AR-15?

  • cjstephens

    Did you read he article he linked? No one calls it Malcolm X, and that’s fine. No one (certainly not Streetsblog) calls 125th “MLK”. The name changes were for the benefit of local politicians so that they could attend unveilings. They have no bearing on reality.

    Maybe once you start referring, exclusively, to Sixth Avenue as Avenue of the Americas, then you get to criticize. In the meantime, quit pandering.

  • AMH

    Everyone calls it Lenox.

  • AMH

    I used to live a block from there. Lots of older folks hang out near that grocery store. I usually choose Lenox as a bike route to avoid the rampant speeding on 7th, but you do have the occasional idiot who just floors it. I’m writing another letter to Perkins right now.

  • Andrew

    Uh oh! You called it Lenox!

  • AMH

    As does everyone in the neighborhood. 😉


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