Car fatally strikes homeless man in Midwood

Car fatally strikes homeless man in Midwood
Photo by Steve Solomonson

A motorist ran over a homeless man asleep in front of a Coney Island Avenue parking garage in Midwood early Monday morning, killing him.

The 49-year-old homeless victim was likely drunk when he fell asleep at the entrance to the garage between Avenue H and Glenwood Road sometime before 12:35 a.m., when a 65-year-old man behind the wheel of a 2019 Honda Odyssey rolled over him on his way into the parking lot, cops said.

Emergency responders found the victim suffering a serious head wound, and transported him to Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park, where he was pronounced dead, police say.

The driver remained on the scene and has not been arrested, according to police, who noted that the investigation remains ongoing.

The fatality follows the death of cyclist Jose Alzorriz, who was fatally struck by a car on Aug. 11 on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L, only four blocks away from Monday’s incident. Police initially declined to cuff 18-year-old Queens resident Umar Mirza Baig, who they say plowed through a red light and T-boned another car that slammed into Alzorriz, prompting intense backlash from safe-street advocates and elected officials including Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Cops eventually arrested Baig on Aug. 21, and he was indicted on a laundry list of felony charges, including reckless manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and two-counts of assault.

De Blasio ordered city transit officials to rapidly install new safety features — including pedestrian islands and new left turn signals, in addition to lengthening pedestrian crossing times — at intersections along Coney Island Avenue in the wake of Alzorriz’s death.

In July, another pedestrian was struck and killed in the intersection of Coney Island and Church avenues as she was crossing the street when a 2015 Honda struck her while making a right turn, Bklyner reported.

Correction: This article previously stated that the incident occurred at the entrance to the garage between Avenues N and O. The article has been updated with the correct cross streets of Avenue H and Glenwood Road.

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Dead: An unidentified homeless man was struck and killed by a vehicle entering a garage on Coney Island Avenue on Aug. 26.
Photo by Steve Solomonson