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Man killed by trucker in deadly crash at long-problematic Kensington intersection

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A truck driver hit and killed a man crossing the street at a notoriously dangerous Kensington intersection near Ocean Parkway on Tuesday, police said.

The 57-year-old motorist behind the wheel of a box truck was traveling along Church Avenue toward McDonald Avenue when he plowed into the victim around 9:30 pm while making a right turn onto the Caton Avenue–bound side of the six-lane Prospect Expressway where that road meets Ocean Parkway, according to authorities.

Paramedics rushed the victim — who police had yet to identify by press time — to Methodist Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, cops said.

Officers didn’t immediately charge the driver, who stayed at the scene, and made no arrests by press time, according to police, who said they are still investigating and did not comment on whether the victim had the right of way when the deadly crash occurred.

The city installed a pedestrian island to help locals cross the treacherous intersection after another truck driver hit and killed 73-year-old Ngozi Agbim at the juncture five years ago.

And state and local pols have attempted to improve safety along Ocean Parkway, once named Brooklyn’s most dangerous thoroughfare, by reducing its speed limit and banning certain right and left turns off of the road, but those regulations do not go far enough, according to Kensington’s councilman.

“Deeply saddened by the pedestrian killed y’day at Ocean Parkway & Church Avenue. We worked to make that intersection safer & added the refuge island after Ngozi Agbim’s death in 2013. But we have not done enough, and with tragic consequenc­es,” Brad Lander wrote on Twitter the day after the fatal crash.

Since 2010, a total of 158 people were injured in traffic accidents at the intersection where the trucker fatally struck the man earlier this week, according to data from the city’s Vision Zero initiative, which claims no fatalities occurred at the juncture in that time frame, and does not list Agbim’s death among its recorded crashes.

A transportation-department spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment, but said the agency is looking into the omission.

The deadly collision was the second time a truck driver hit and killed a pedestrian crossing a Kings County street in less than two weeks. On Feb. 17, a United Parcel Service trucker hit and killed a 27-year-old woman crossing Ashland Place in Fort Greene while the victim had the right of way, according to authorities, who said they are still investigating and have not made any arrests.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 5:48 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
If your job is to drive for a living and you kill someone, you should go to prison.
March 1, 2018, 9:15 am
Jason from LES says:
If the trucker had the light when making the turn then so did the victim. Vehicles turning onto crosswalks must ALWAYS give way to any crossing pedestrians. That is the law in NYC, as elsewhere. Any speculation about whether or not a victim had the right of way in fatalities like this is just plain ignorance. If the victim was crossing against the light, then so was the driver. Either way, the driver committed an act of gross recklessness which directly led to someone's death, and thus he should be charged with involuntary manslaughter. That the police and district attorneys in this city even consider not charging drivers in cases like this - let alone the fact that they almost always don't - is symptomatic of a huge problem. They are habitually letting drivers get away with criminal homicide, and they do it because they are entrenched in a motor-centric mindset in which deaths like this are nothing more than "unfortunate but inevitable."

Of course the driver won't be charged. The NYPD always make a show of saying that "the investigation is still going" but we all know that in reality, they've closed the case and decided not to charge the driver. Meanwhile he won't even lose his license, and another reckless idiot will be free to get back behind the wheel of his truck and jeopardize lives.

So-called "professional" drivers in this city are a huge problem. They are responsible for a grossly disproportionate number of deaths and injuries, and any impartial observer can see that their general standard of driving is atrocious. They are aggressive, reckless and frequently show a shocking lack of regard for human life. The problem is that as far as jobs go, driving commercial vehicles is a job which attracts a disproportionate number of coarse minded idiots who are lacking in the intellect required to understand the importance of driving safely. Many of them are too dumb to exercise caution for their own safety, let alone that of pedestrians and cyclists. Many have aggression problems and a propensity toward violence (try pointing out their bad driving to them, for instance. You'll frequently hear violent threats in response). Unfortunately, if they had the intellect required to drive large vehicles responsibly, they'd probably be in a more lucrative career. It's a catch 22 situation.
March 1, 2018, 10:01 am
Rob from NY says:
The NYPD and DA should look at whether the truck driver's schedule for pickups or deliveries was unreasonable. In other words, did the driver's employer contribute to this collision?
March 1, 2018, 2:03 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Jason - you have way too much time on your hands - should be a laugh track with your posts
Somehow I doubt you are from the les - where did you go to hs?
March 2, 2018, 11:35 am
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Vission zero - just a tad simplistic laddie
March 2, 2018, 11:36 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Old time Brooklyn from Slope -apparently not as simplistic as your unintelligent spelling of "vission", laddie.
March 2, 2018, 12:58 pm
old time brookyn from slope says:
golly gee vission - if that is the best pf your rapier wit do not quit your day job chiquita
March 3, 2018, 10:17 am
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Bwahahahahahha, pretty lame comeback. I expect that kind of drivel from a turd who neverr left his parents apartment. Your lack of intelligence is what has kept you in the "old time".
March 3, 2018, 2:32 pm
Old time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Chuckles at vission

Well if working from home today from the year round vacation home my mother in law left us so bet it Chiquita

And yes I have my parents rent stabilized apartment and my kid is now on the lease as well
March 7, 2018, 9:34 am
Brooklyn Knight from Kensington says:
Does anyone know the guys name?
March 8, 2018, 10:09 am
Fran from Ditmas Park says:
Julianne Cuba, any updates?
March 8, 2018, 7:34 pm

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