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Hit-and-run driver strikes elderly pedestrian on Ocean Parkway - Brooklyn Paper

Hit-and-run driver strikes elderly pedestrian on Ocean Parkway

Tragic: A shoe remains near the crosswalk where an elderly man was struck crossing Ocean Parkway at Avenue O the morning of May 5.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

A 68-year-old man is in critical condition after a hit-and-run driver struck him while he crossed Ocean Parkway at Avenue O before noon on May 5.

An unidentified driver’s sedan was travelling southbound on the parkway at about 11:35 am when it hit the man as he walked westward across the parkway, police said. Hatzolah paramedics transported the victim to Lutheran Medical Center, according to law enforcement officials. Police have not released the victim’s name.

Locals have long known the parkway to be a perilous road for pedestrians to cross.

“Our seniors don’t have enough time to cross the street — no one does,” said Sandy Aboulafia, chairwoman of Community Board 12’s transportation committee.

The state Department of Transportation has allocated $6 million for safety improvements along the parkway between the Prospect Expressway and the Belt Parkway — but the department is still hammering out the specifics and is not expected to release a plan until early 2015, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.

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