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An SUV plowed into a pedestrian on Eighth Avenue during the morning rush on Monday, sending the 57-year-old man high into the air, witnesses said.

The driver of the Toyota Sequoia remained at the scene while EMS workers transported the victim to Lutheran Medical Center in Sunset Park in critical condition.

His name was not released by the NYPD.

The accident occurred at 8:11 am near the corner of Carroll Street, just one block from the spot where cyclist Jonathan Millstein was run down and killed last year.

Residents of Park Slope have long complained that Eighth Avenue — the only northbound one-way street in the neighborhood — has become a speeding-car-filled conduit from the Prospect Expressway to Flatbush Avenue. Last year, residents asked the city to consider changing the street to two-way traffic.

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MICHAEL from 8TH and Union says:
Your reporting needs a little work.

1. That vehicle is a Toyota Highlander, GM makes Suburbans. (As of Feb 4 they are different companies)

2. While I am saddened by the loss of any human life, when you say that Mr Millstein was "run down and killed" you loose your credibility. I live on that block and followed the story closely. Mr Millstein hit the bus, not the other way around.

I would love to see traffic calmed on 8th Ave, but when you do not report accurately, nobody is gonna listen.
Feb. 4, 2009, 5:26 pm
Eric from Park Slope says:
SUVs are classified as "Suburbans" by NYS DOT, so the Brooklyn Paper is technically correct, though perhaps, in that case, it should be "suburban" with a lower-case s.
Feb. 4, 2009, 7:11 pm
culprit from parkslope says:
Making 8th Ave a 2-way street would only work if the double parking laws were enforced. Even as a 2-lane, 1-way street, traffic comes to a standstill every weekday morning and afternoon at the 2 schools on the Avenue. Not sure why all these city kids have to be picked up by parents in cars (don't we live here because there's public transport?) And then there's sundays, when the church-goers have to drive in and yes--double park!

Have you people ever heard of the SUBWAY?
Feb. 4, 2009, 8:15 pm
Bkbella from CG says:
Plowed? I don't think we have enough facts to indict the driver of the vehicle. I am amazed that this paper hasn't been sued for libel
Feb. 5, 2009, 11:31 am
Michael from Park Slope says:
Many of the same drivers use 8th Ave 5 days a week to cross from the Prospect Exp, to Flatbush Ave. They are gonna do it as fast as they can, there is no reason not to. The speed limit is unenforced, there is no enforcement of "use horn in emergency" and gridlock is a regular thing at Union St.

Why should the drivers care about the safety of pedestrians, that would just slow them down. The only reason they are in their car is to get where they are going as fast as possible.

The only reason (many of us) use our metrocards to get on the subways is because IF WE DO NOT WE KNOW WE WILL GET IN TROUBLE. Reckless drivers drive that way because they know THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. If enforcement of speed limits on city streets would get the same that of catching turnstyle jumpers, the streets would be a lot safer for pedestrians and drivers alike.

I usually walk but I do own a car
Feb. 6, 2009, 7:59 am
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
any update as the person's condition?
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:30 pm
Michael from Park Slope says:
More news from Streetblog. Apparently "the victim had died shortly after the collision."

http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/02/04/to-nypd.....e-a-car-is-asking-for-it/
Feb. 6, 2009, 8:49 pm
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
Michael the link doesn't work and the latest is he is still alive

"Don Wiss

I have learned that the 57 year old man is my next door neighbor on 1st Street below 8th Ave. He commutes to work via the IRT. So he would have been walking north on 8th Ave at that time. I learned that he was walking with his daughter and the car was going up Carroll Street very fast. Apparently the car had the green light. Maybe talking with his daughter distracted him? He is in critical condition, but he is not dead."

on streets blog there are a lot of post about this but if the ped was crossing against the light the driver won't be charged. Unless there was a trained observer seeing the speed most peds misjudge speed badly and no court will convict based on that testimony alone(sometimes there are skid marks that can be used).
Feb. 9, 2009, 1:52 pm
Michael from Park slope says:
http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/02/04/to-nypd-anyone-outside-a-car-is-asking-for-it/

This should work, but I don't really find the "truth" on streetblog.
Feb. 9, 2009, 10:43 pm

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