Tractor-trailer driver fatally runs over woman in East New York

Police investigate the scene where a pedestrian was fatally struck at Linden Boulevard and Fountain Avenue in East New York.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A 40-year-old woman was crushed to death Monday morning after being run over by a tractor-trailer driver in East New York, police officials said.

The victim, not immediately identified, was panhandling along Linden Boulevard at Fountain Avenue at 11 am on Aug. 24 when she was crushed under the rear wheels of the tractor-trailer, police from the 75th Precinct reported. She was dead immediately, law enforcement sources said.

The driver of the U-Max truck, traveling east on Linden Boulevard at the time of the incident, remained at the scene and was both checked for intoxication and questioned. No charges have been filed at this time. 

“I saw her this morning, she had on a yellow dress,” said Desiree Williams, a local resident who said that she had seen the victim almost every morning.

A woman who was said to be panhandling on Linden Boulevard was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer Monday morning.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Local residents, who’d seen the victim panhandling near the intersection for two to three years, said they would often warn her of the dangers the area posed for pedestrians.

“We would tell her all the time, you gotta get out of the street. Someone will run you over,” said Perry Daniels, a local resident.

Police from the Highway Crash Investigation Squad are investigating the incident.

Additional reporting by Lloyd Mitchell

This story first appeared on AMNY.com.