Hit-and-run Rolls-Royce driver kills pedestrian in Greenpoint

McGuinness and Bayard
The intersection of McGuinness Boulevard and Bayard Street in Greenpoint.
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The driver of a Rolls-Royce hit and killed a man on McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint early Tuesday morning, according to police. 

The 58-year-old victim was crossing the five-lane roadway at Bayard Street when the motorist heading south in the black luxury sedan fatally struck the pedestrian at 12:45 am, according to the Police Department. 

The driver fled the scene and police have not made any arrests. 

Responding paramedics found the man with severe wounds and rushed him to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

The victim, whose name police have not yet released pending family notification, walked eastbound in the crosswalk at Bayard Street against the walk signal, according to investigators with NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad. 

A Department spokesperson could not clarify how the investigators knew the pedestrian jay-walked or how they determined the brand of the vehicle. 

The intersection is right next to an entrance to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and there have been four collisions with an equal amount of injuries there during the past decade, according to the website NYC Crash Mapper. Just a block away at Meeker Avenue, 20 crashes have left 27 people injured, according to the online tracker. 

McGuinness Boulevard has long been known as a notorious Greenpoint speedway splitting the north Brooklyn nabe in half. 

The city’s Department of Transportation in 2014 designated the roadway as a so-called Arterial Slow Zone, lowering the speed limit to 25 miles-per-hour and using signal timing changes to discourage speeding.

Brooklyn has been rocked by a string of fatal hit-and-runs during the past month, notably two in one day on Feb. 24, when a bus driver hit and killed six-year-old boy Shimon Fried outside his Williamsburg home and in the evening, a motorist hit 31-year-old Imorne Horton, who was crossing the dangerous Hamilton Avenue at Court Street on his way home to Red Hook. 

The city’s Police Department has come under fire from safe streets advocates for failing to cuff motorists mowing down pedestrians and driving away. In 2020, NYPD made arrests in less than 1 percent of hit and runs, and the City Council in March passed a law to transfer the lead in serious crash investigations over to the Department of Transportation.