Fatal crash in Brooklyn Heights: Pedestrian killed when pickup jumps curb

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A 48-year-old Brooklyn Heights woman died Friday after a pickup truck slammed into her on a sidewalk on Clinton Street, police said.

Remsen Street resident Martha Atwater was walking in front of a coffee shop near Atlantic Avenue at about 5:40 pm when a man driving north on Clinton Street lost control of his 2011 Honda Ridgeline and jumped the curb, cops said.

Atwater was pinned underneath the truck, according to witnesses.

“All I heard was a loud crash and then I saw the truck right in front of my door,” said John McGill owner of Clinton Street’s Two for the Pot coffee shop, who did not immediately realize that Atwater was hit until he ran outside his shop.

“She was partially under the car,” he said. “It was disturbing and it ended very unhappily.”

Emergency responders rushed Atwater to Long Island College Hospital, where she died. The 53-year-old driver remained on the scene, and police made no arrests.

Mourners left bouquets of flowers on the sidewalk shortly after the fatal crash.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Resident from Brooklyn says:
And yet the NYPD does nothing to stop reckless driving, speeding, and other behavior from motorists that endanger and kill pedestrians. Shameful.
Feb. 25, 2013, 10:48 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
All for some driver to "beat the light" at Atlantic Ave . A 4 door pickup truck zooming through Brooklyn... I'll put even money on it having New Jersey plates.
Feb. 25, 2013, 11:08 am
Standard from Cobble hill says:
Why haven't they released the driver's name? I've heard rumors he was an off duty cop.
Feb. 25, 2013, 4:15 pm
Pat I from 70's brooklyn says:
Some things never change....Growing up, the big deal among d**chebag drivers was to try and hit all the green lights on Clinton. Atlantic Ave? Forget it. Traffic lights at Clinton and Atlantic merely serve as suggestions.
Feb. 25, 2013, 8:32 pm
Mom from Clinton Hill says:
And yet, they will close LICH and "control" traffic in front of Atlantic Yards. What a tragedy.
Feb. 25, 2013, 8:33 pm
S from ppw says:
Is it true that the NYPD immediately cleared an off-duty cop in the murder of this woman?
Feb. 26, 2013, 7:32 am
JB from Park Slope says:
Damn bikers and their bike lanes. Seniors for safety will do something about this!
March 1, 2013, 8:42 am
Mr. crusty from Brooklyn Heights says:
Wow. All you people that know nothing about the case spreading false rumors. The initial reporting was that the driver lost consciousness due to diabetes. No reports of speeding. No reports of running a red light. An unfortunate and very tragic accident.
March 1, 2013, 4:36 pm
Dorothy from Cobble Hill says:
Listen up foks. Ignore that jerk Crusty - he is an old fart that lives to be contrary. And while he thinks he knows something he does not. He should be banned from these airwaves.
March 1, 2013, 7:54 pm
Walker from Brooklyn Heights says:
Very dangerous corner: Clinton St/ Atlantic Ave near Bagel/Deli. Seems every month ambulance carts away traffic victims.
March 8, 2013, 9:12 am

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