Dump truck driver strikes and kills 77-year-old pedestrian in Midwood

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A dump truck fatally struck a 77-year-old woman in Midwood on Monday morning.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The driver of a truck fatally struck a 77-year-old pedestrian as she crossed the street in Midwood on Monday morning, according to police.

Cops said the woman, Erika Wajsman of Homecrest, was crossing the intersection of East 19th Street and Avenue P just after 9:10 a.m. when she was struck by a red dump truck.

Officers from the 66th precinct arrived on the scene to find Wajsman lying in the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive. Paramedics rushed to the scene, where they pronounced the victim dead, an NYPD spokesperson said.

Police found the victim lying in the street after she was hit. Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old man, remained on the scene, and no arrests have been made. The truck appears to be owned by the C. Francis Construction Corporation, and records compiled by How’s My Driving NY show that the truck has received three school zone speed camera violations since 2021 — including one in Brooklyn last June. 

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.

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The truck appeared to be owned by a Brooklyn-based construction company.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

According to CrashMapper, the intersection where Monday’s incident occurred has seen at least seven crashes over the past five years, which resulted in multiple injuries to pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. 

Brooklyn has seen a spate of deadly crashes this month alone — least six people have been injured in hit-and-runs in November, and four have died, including the victim of Monday’s crash. Several victims were seniors — on Nov. 16, a 72-year-old woman was hit and killed while crossing the street in Fort Hamilton, while a 79-year-old grandmother was fatally struck in Crown Heights on Nov. 3. This year, multiple people have been killed by dump trucks in Brooklyn — in early August, a dump truck driver fatally struck a 75-year-old woman in Coney Island and fled the scene. Just weeks later, a 89-year-old woman was killed by a dump truck in a hit-and-run in Williamsburg, though the driver was later found and arrested

Update 11/28/2023, 5:08 p.m: This story has been updated with the name of the victim.