Sections

Fort Greene woman killed after driver collides with parked car in Flatlands

Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

An elderly motorist smashed into a parked car and sent it flying into another senior walking on Utica Avenue on March 15, killing her.

The 71-year-old man was driving his Cadillac sedan in reverse down Utica Avenue near Avenue L when he struck a parked Chevrolet Equinox around 9:28 pm, which hit 75-year-old Lucille Raphael, according to police, who said the driver then crashed into another parked vehicle.

Cops found Raphael, a Fort Greene resident, with injuries to her leg and paramedics rushed her to Kings County Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead the next day after suffering heart failure, authorities said.

“She suffered some sort of cardiac arrest while being treated at Kings County after the collision,” said a police spokesman, citing information from the medical examiner.

The driver, who cops said wasn’t injured in the crash, claimed an issue with his car’s gas pedal caused him to plow into the parked vehicles, according to police.

“The operator said his gas pedal was stuck, the vehicle malfunctioned. He backed up, struck vehicle two, which hit the pedestrian,” the spokesman said, referring to the Chevrolet as “vehicle two.”

No arrests have been made nor charges filed against the driver, according to authorities, who said they are still investigating the incident.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at alucente@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

Death from Above says:
Good grief! Enough with these self entitled idiots behind the wheel.
March 23, 8:30 am
Paco from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Many times a drivers claims vehicle malfunction but it is actually human error. Not intentional perhaps, but still avoidable. There is a police camera on the SE corner of this intersection. Hoping Police cull that video and bring justice to this tragedy.
March 23, 9:42 am

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your community:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!