Flatbush Avenue jaywalk ends in death

A Staten Island woman died on Monday night when a driver hit her on Flatbush Avenue near the Prospect Park Zoo, police said.

Sokhna Niang, 49, was crossing Flatbush Avenue around 9:12 pm when a 37-year-old man driving toward Empire Boulevard ran into her, according to cops. The man behind the wheel initially kept going, but he quickly realized that he had hit someone and returned to the scene, officers stated. A police investigation is underway, but it wasn’t clear on Tuesday morning if the driver would face charges, a Police Department spokeswoman said.

First responders declared Niang dead when they arrived on the scene, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Niang was not in a crosswalk when the motorist struck her, police said.

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