Fatal Crash at 75th Street and 13th Avenue

Out-of-control pick-up kills elderly man at B4 bus stop

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The driver of a pick-up truck collided with another vehicle and went hurtling through a Dyker Heights bus stop where it hit an elderly man on Sept. 17.

Authorities reported that at 11:30 am, a truck headed toward Bensonhurst on 75th Street slammed into a minivan at the corner of 13th Avenue. The force of the crash sent the truck careening into the bus enclosure, where 71-year-old James McCloskey sat waiting for the B4.

Witnesses described a catastrophic scene, with the truck plowing all the way through the structure, shattering the plate-glass and ripping the bench off its mounting, before finally coming to rest on the sidewalk well past the curb, according to Sunny Raza, the manager of nearby 13th Avenue Bagels.

“It looked like a mess,” said the shaken bagel vendor.

Other local business owners agreed, describing the smash-up as the worst ever to hit the intersection.

“We’ve had minor ones, but no big deal like this one,” said Maria Fusaro, co-owner of Frank’s Pizza, another staple at the corner.

Authorities reported that McCloskey was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition but was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The drivers of the truck and minivan both received minor injuries.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police, but said the driver of the truck made no attempt to flee the scene, and there was as yet no evidence of wrongdoing.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Rob from Greenpoint says:
"A collision in Dyker Heights sent a pick-up truck crashing through a bus stop, where it struck an elderly man"

"a truck headed toward Bensonhurst on 75th Street slammed into a minivan at the corner of 13th Avenue"

Amazing! A self-driving truck!

Why is the driver not mentioned until the last sentence of the article? Do drivers not have responsibility for their actions or negligence? Of course there was no investigation by the NYPD (too "minor" of a crash for them, though an argument could be made for investigating all crashes, since the driver could have easily killed somebody). But language matters as well.
Sept. 18, 2013, 7:13 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Drivers know that they can drive recklessly and speed all they want in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, because the 68th Prec. ignores moving violations. This is what happens when the NYPD does not enforce traffic laws.
Sept. 18, 2013, 8:31 am
bkguy from bk says:
Rob from Greenpoint says: " Amazing! A self-driving truck!"

Obviously the truck was minding its own driverless business (shopping, maybe) when "a collision" "sent" it crashing through the bus stop.

Have to watch out for those freefloating causeless collisions.
Sept. 18, 2013, 11:42 am
Waiting for Tal from Unpleasantville, NY says:
What does Tal Barzilai think?
Sept. 18, 2013, 12:20 pm
Daquan13 from East Boston says:
I am a law-abiding doorman that works on park avenue, and I resent Tal Barzilai's mischaracterization of me and my trade as unethical. The only reason why he is sore is because he was rejected for the same position a few months ago, when he asked if the company would provide free parking for him right in front of the building that he was going to work as a doorman. Management told him that nobody could park there as it was for drop offs and cab pickups, and he started in on some constitutional right for employers to provide parking priviliges for handicapped workers, to which he drew attention to his obesity which prevented him from taking the subway to work. Well, they showed him the curb, and he started yelling about Hamasing and Israel, and imminent domain. Something about a laywer father
Sept. 18, 2013, 3:33 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Stop the personal attacks Ty. They are nothing less than the conduct of a coward, even from the likes of you streetsbloggers. I take great issue with people calling me stupid, just b/c I take another perspective. Do any of you know cartesian logic? Can you understand the Devil's advocate? Do you just spew haterAid when somebody undisprooves you? I just came up with one day let alone write those myself, these are figures that support my claim unlike others who just repeat what they already mentioned or act very defensive. Their result is that if they can't undebunk me, they demand that my statements be censored, and threaten me to stay out of the city, which is a hit way below the belt, even for the likes of you, Ty. As for some streetsbloggers like Ty, he slammed my with the most offensive replies that I won't Back to the issue. Given the number of trucks and cars on the road, the number of accidents is very low if you compare it to the rate in which cyclists cause accidents. Nothing to get upset about, I am just stating facts. You almost never hear about the fatal bike crashes caused by bikers even though those happen all the time. The other day, I saw a bike hit a semi-trailer and it caused the truck to explode. The driver died, but the biker went merrily on his way, barely looking over his shoulder at the carnage he caused.
Sept. 18, 2013, 3:38 pm
Small Shparzilay from Pleasanterville, NY says:
"You almost never hear about the fatal bike crashes caused by bikers even though those happen all the time."

LOL. Best Tal parody yet.
Sept. 18, 2013, 3:50 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
Weak sauce:
Sept. 18, 2013, 7:01 pm
Pat O'Connell from Bay Ridge says:
Good thing it wasn't a cyclist, right? ** THEY ** are the real dangers to Brooklyn streets.

Condolences to the victims family and yes, the 68th Pct is a goddamn joke re: traffic laws, I could name half-a-dozen intersections with stop signs where cars ROUTINELY drive through without looking, let alone the rampant speeding etc etc.
Sept. 19, 2013, 12:52 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
Pat, it's time that BR residents started writing to Ray Kelly to complain. DeBlasio won't lift a finger to correct this without pressure from above.
Sept. 19, 2013, 9:10 am
bkguy from bk says:
Hey, they changed the lede -- from
"A collision in Dyker Heights sent a pick-up truck crashing through a bus stop ..."
"The driver of a pick-up truck collided with another vehicle and went hurtling through a Dyker Heights bus stop ..."

So there WAS a driver after all, lol.
Sept. 19, 2013, 9:48 am
ty from pps says:
How did I get involved in the comments above?
Sept. 19, 2013, 11:23 am
John Wasserman's Toe from Park Slope says:
Excuse me all, but I must say that I too suspect a cyclist to be at the heart of this very incident. Perhaps at the heart of all incidents, even the man who jumped off the Gowanus building to his unfortunate and inevitable demise.

Thank you all and have a nice afternoon.
Sept. 19, 2013, 11:24 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Pardon me, Toe, but thank you for writing.
Sept. 19, 2013, 1:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
What did I miss yesterday after being unable to be at my computer all day? I wasn't even able to comment after a couple of appointments and then going into the city to see an advance screening of the movie Rush. Whoever, that was, it wasn't me at all. As for the accident, I do give my best wishes for whoever died there. As for the claim on self-driving trucks, those don't even exist yet. Seriously, you guys need to stop with the impersonations.
Sept. 19, 2013, 3:18 pm
topper from bkn says:
On a side note tal, where's your side note?
Sept. 20, 2013, 8:27 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
You want a side note, here it is. I highly doubt that any of the bike zealots are anti-car fanatics over on Streetsblog went stark raving mad when Nicole Kidman was hit by a paparazzi riding a bicycle. Then again, according to them, cyclists do no evil, which is why it's usually either omitted or just buried for the most part.
Sept. 20, 2013, 2:38 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
The real issue there was "paparazzi," not "bicycle." The paps are notorious for wreaking havoc and would do so on foot, rollerblades, flippers, bicycle or driving a motor vehicle.
Sept. 20, 2013, 5:08 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
One other thing, that paparazzi was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk, which is actually illegal by law, but I know that you bike zealots will always turn a blind eye to that.
Sept. 20, 2013, 5:30 pm
Ed from Bay Ridge says:
"Illegal by law," Tal?
Hilarious. Is there some other kind of illegal?

And this is the first pap-on-a-bike incident I've heard of. They're best known for ILLEGAL HIGH-SPEED CAR CHASES and harassment via stakeouts.
Sept. 20, 2013, 7:40 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ed, just cut out the personal attacks, as they are a hit below the belt even for the likes of you.

Just imagine how much worse his injures would be had he been hit by a bike. Just b/c cars are larger does not mean they cause more carnage, as most people hit harmlessly bounce off the bumper. You can disagree with my point of view but you can't disagree with the facts, b/c I have thoroughly debunked them here and at streetsblog.
Sept. 24, 2013, 12:09 pm

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