UPS driver hits, kills woman in Ft. Greene crash

UPS driver hits, kills woman in Ft. Greene crash
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A United Parcel Service driver hit and killed a 27-year-old woman on Feb. 17 as she tried to cross Ashland Place in Fort Greene — just feet from Brooklyn Hospital Center, police said.

The motorist employed by the delivery service was driving its 1997 truck on DeKalb Avenue towards Flatbush Avenue Extension when he turned right onto Ashland Place and struck Sumiah Ali as she crossed the block around 6:30 pm, authorities said.

Cops said a preliminary investigation revealed Ali entered the crosswalk when the “Do not walk” signal was flashing, but could not say whether the motorist had a red, yellow, or green light.

Drivers, however, are required by law to give pedestrians the right of way when a signal is flashing, according to city code.

The 49-year-old motorist remained at the scene, according to officials, who didn’t immediately arrest him or slap him with any summonses.

Paramedics transported Ali, who lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, down the block to Brooklyn Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead, cops said.

When asked about the right-of-way law, a Police Department rep said the investigation is ongoing and could eventually result in an arrest.

“I didn’t say anything about legislation,” said Sergeant Jones. “I didn’t say he wasn’t going to be arrested. The investigation is still continuing.”

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