Man killed trying to cross Metropolitan Avenue

A driver fatally ran over a man who was trying to cross busy Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg earlier this month, according to a police report.

Twenty-seven-year-old Greenpointer Martin Celmer attempted to cross the road in the middle of the block between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street at 2:26 pm on June 11, police said. He crossed one lane of traffic, made it to the double yellow line, and then suddenly tried to come back, cops said. When he doubled back, he stepped into the path of a man driving a black Toyota Camry and was struck down, the report said.

Officers found Celmer lying unconscious on the road, suffering severe head trauma, police said. Paramedics took him to Bellevue Hospital where he died four days later, authorities said.

Cops say the driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made, but they are still investigating the incident.

Metropolitan Avenue is a busy thoroughfare where vehicles often go fast while jockeying for position as they exit or enter the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, which is two blocks from the site of the accident.

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