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Fatal crash in Brooklyn Heights: Pedestrian killed when pickup jumps curb • Brooklyn Paper

Fatal crash in Brooklyn Heights: Pedestrian killed when pickup jumps curb

A 48-year-old Brooklyn Heights woman died Friday after a pickup truck slammed into her on a sidewalk on Clinton Street, police said.

Remsen Street resident Martha Atwater was walking in front of a coffee shop near Atlantic Avenue at about 5:40 pm when a man driving north on Clinton Street lost control of his 2011 Honda Ridgeline and jumped the curb, cops said.

Atwater was pinned underneath the truck, according to witnesses.

“All I heard was a loud crash and then I saw the truck right in front of my door,” said John McGill owner of Clinton Street’s Two for the Pot coffee shop, who did not immediately realize that Atwater was hit until he ran outside his shop.

“She was partially under the car,” he said. “It was disturbing and it ended very unhappily.”

Emergency responders rushed Atwater to Long Island College Hospital, where she died. The 53-year-old driver remained on the scene, and police made no arrests.

Mourners left bouquets of flowers on the sidewalk shortly after the fatal crash.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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