City garbage truck kills woman

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A city garbage truck struck and killed a woman crossing Broadway on Wednesday, the second pedestrian accident to occur in Williamsburg in less than a week.

Police said Long Island woman Katherine Yun, 25, was near Driggs Avenue at 7:15 pm when the Sanitation truck travelling eastbound on Broadway drove into her head-on.

Paramedics responded to the scene and transferred her to Woodhull Hospital, where she died.

A Sanitation spokeswoman said that the truck driver was on duty, and that the victim was hit by the front of the truck; the incident remains under investigation.

The Broadway crash occurred one week after police arrested a truck driver who ran over a 90-year-old pedestrian crossing Metropolitan Avenue. The driver was taken into custody, where he tested above the legal alcohol limit, police said.

But the sanitation driver in this week’s accident was sober, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

Broadway remains one of Williamsburg’s most dangerous corridors for pedestrians, according to city transportation data.

There have been 14 crashes involving motor vehicles at Broadway and Driggs between 2007 and 2009, and nearly 400 crashes from on Broadway between Driggs Avenue and Marcy Avenue during the same period, though no fatalities were recorded.

Councilwoman Diana Reyna (D–Williamsbu­rg), who is pushing the city to reduce traffic on the corridor, said she saddened to learn about the accident..

“My deepest sympathies are extended to the family,” said Reyna. “We must understand what happened and make sure that it never happens again.”

Reach reporter Aaron Short at or by calling (718) 260-2547.
Updated 12:16 pm, December 9, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

Burns from Ditmas Park says:
Nice to see you gave Natalie O'Neill the day off today... it's refreshing. It's also nice to see the "Mean Streets" category used appropriately.
Dec. 8, 2011, 1:30 pm
S from PPW says:
"Trash crash" is really a gross way to frame this. Someone's daughter is dead. If it was someone close to you, you wouldn't want their death used as tabloid fodder.

Enough with the Mean Streets garbage. Please just report. A dead pedestrian is sensationalistic by itself.
Dec. 8, 2011, 3:09 pm
Friend of the victim from Outside of NY says:
"Trash Crash"? Really tactful and appropriate. Ridiculous.
Dec. 8, 2011, 3:37 pm
Editor from Journalismville says:
Exclamation Point! Then a Short, Idiotic Headline That Demeans Your Readers and Rubs Salt in the Wounds of a Grieving Family.
Dec. 8, 2011, 9 pm
A loved one. says:
Why don't you show some respect to Kat's loved ones and have a proper headline? Distasteful.
Dec. 8, 2011, 9:43 pm
Josh from Ft. Greene says:
I was a news writer for 6 years -- I'm pretty sure that headline would have gotten me fired (and I would have deserved it). Totally inappropriate.
Dec. 8, 2011, 10:34 pm
Cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
The nerve to have a headline like that. BOYCOTT Brooklyn Paper!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec. 8, 2011, 10:39 pm
Friend of Kat from . says:
The title of your article is disgusting and disrespectful. You are causing us a lot of pain- please take this down immediately.
Dec. 9, 2011, 12:41 am
reader from nyc says:
Why is this still up? Dont you have someone mantaining this site. This is just disgusting. Aaron Short...if you had a drop of decency you will take this down.. it's hurtful
Dec. 9, 2011, 2 am
k says:
finally changed the headline thank god
Dec. 9, 2011, 11:25 pm
prillis says:
give me a break w. all the outrage. have you never read this 'paper'? just stop reading if you don't like it.
Dec. 10, 2011, 12:29 pm
Friend of Kat from . says:
@prillis: It's not a matter of reading the articles on this site. This comes up in a google search of Kat's name. Nobody wants to see the words "Trash Crash" associated with a loved one. So please give us a break and shut the eff up.
Dec. 11, 2011, 12:10 am
Shakes With Fist from   says:
City garbage truck kills woman

Damn Trucks!!
Dec. 11, 2011, 4:46 am
mike from GP says:
I know! It's crazy that all these vehicles are magically driving themselves and killing people! The drivers have no control over these machines at all! Blame the cars, not the drivers!
Dec. 11, 2011, 10:17 am
prillis says:
@Friend of Kat - so someone might be surprised or offended by the results of a google search? shocking!! who knew the internets had such information.
Dec. 11, 2011, 11:06 am
trans alt from my bike says:
Sanitation truck driver should be charged with murder.
Dec. 11, 2011, 10:05 pm
ann from williamsburg says:
@prillis: you could be nicer.
Dec. 30, 2011, 12:26 am
acquaintance of Kat from Osaka, Japan says:
I didn't see this headline before it was changed, but from the sounds of it I'm glad that it was. I met Kat several times while she was here in Japan and I just want to say that she was a smart, kind person and I always felt lucky to have met her. I heard about this news very late but it's a real tragedy and it is very hard to read the articles about it. I just wanted to say that she's remembered on this side of the world too.
Nov. 20, 2012, 4:08 am

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