Motorist fatally strikes pedestrian in Kensington: NYPD

Motorist fatally strikes pedestrian in Kensington: NYPD
Matt Gush

Police arrested a Canarsie woman who fatally struck a pedestrian with her car in Kensington during rush hour Monday, according to authorities.

Kensington resident Maria Del Carmen Porras-Hernandez was walking across Coney Island Avenue at 9 a.m. on July 8, when Claudette Crosby turned her Honda Fit off of Church Avenue and struck her in the crosswalk, cops said.

First responders took Porras-Hernandez to Maimonides Hospital, where doctors pronounced the 49-year-old dead, authorities said.

After the initial collision, the Crosby’s vehicle spun out and collided with a Subaru Outback, which was stopped at a nearby red light, according to police.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested Crosby for failure to yield to a pedestrian, and failure to exercise due care, cops said.

Street safety advocates blamed the car-centric design of the local roadways for failing to properly protect pedestrians.

“Coney Island Avenue is designed for speed, not for safety, and is a hostile environment is you’re not in a car,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Joe Cutrufo. “Failure to yield at intersections is a leading cause of pedestrian deaths, and the city ought to be doing more to prevent this deadly behavior, including automated enforcement at intersections.”

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