Man Removing Groceries from Car Dies After Being Run Down by Another Motorist
BROOKLYN, New York, N.Y. — A man removing groceries from his car in Brooklyn died when another vehicle ran him down. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred around 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The 50-year-old victim was declared dead approximately 30 minutes after the crash, according to a report filed by WPIX11. The man’s wife and daughter had just stepped out of the car when the man was hit. NYPD officers placed the driver in custody on suspicion of drunk driving. A report appearing in the Gothamist indicated that the driver successfully passed field sobriety tests and was released from custody.
The 21-year-old driver of a Nissan sedan who struck and killed a 50-year-old man who was emptying groceries from his car will not face charges at this time. Reports say that the crash, which occurred on 39th Street, on the block between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 10th Avenue, happened because the driver of the Nissan lost control. Officials did not say why the man lost control over his vehicle.
The man who was killed in the crash was hit in front of his wife and his six-year-old daughter. They have stepped out of the car and were not harmed in the crash. The reports do not indicate whether the 21-year-old driver hit the deceased man’s car or struck the man without hitting the parked car. There was no preliminary determination made about the speed of the Nissan when it struck the pedestrian at this juncture in the investigation.
The pedestrian who was fatally struck is the 29th pedestrian killed in New York City during 2020. The number of pedestrians killed by this time in 2019 was 40 percent higher. The wide discrepancy between 2020 and 2019 could be explained by the COVID-19 pandemic, which decreased vehicular traffic in New York City immensely. The number of pedestrians killed might increase as the city begins to emerge from COVID-19 lockdown.
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