Cobble Hill business owner killed crossing Atlantic Avenue

Crash site: Debris covers Atlantic Avenue after a driver fatally hit a man who was attempting to cross the road outside of the crosswalk.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A driver fatally ran over the owner of a long-running Atlantic Avenue grocery store as he was crossing the road on Sunday, according to a report.

Sixty-six-year-old Muyassar Moustapha was attempting to cross Atlantic Avenue at Clinton Street at 8:24 pm on Aug. 9 when a 26-year-old driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan collided with him, police said. Moustapha was outside of the crosswalk when the driver struck him, according to a police spokeswoman.

Paramedics transported the victim to Brooklyn Hospital Center, where doctors pronounced him dead, a police report said.

Moustapha was the co-owner of Oriental Pastry and Grocery between Clinton and Court streets, according to the New York Daily News. Moustapha and his brothers took over the family business from their late father, who had run the Syrian food emporium since 1967, according to the New York Press.

The driver remained on the scene after the crash and police have not yet made any arrests, according to a report.

There have been 15 other crashes at the intersection of Clinton Street and Atlantic Avenue this year, according to police data.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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