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Elderly Pedestrian Killed By Box Truck Walking In Brooklyn

New York Mayor Bill deBlasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative was intended to make the streets of New York City safer for pedestrians. In 2017, there was a record low number of pedestrian accidents. That trend hasn’t continued into 2019, unfortunately. In May, police department records indicated that 2019 pedestrian fatalities were 30% higher than in 2018. This falls in line with nationwide statistics, where pedestrian fatalities hit a three-decade high. The city’s department of transportation, however, says that the increase is only 10%. However, they may categorize accidents differently than police department records. 

The Sunset Park Patch reports that an 85-year-old has been killed by a box truck as he walked in Brooklyn. 

The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. in Sunset Park on Thursday afternoon. 

85-year-old Brendan Gill was walking near the intersection of 39th Street and Third Avenue, a corridor that officials have deemed one of the more dangerous in the city. 

Gill was struck by a box truck, which then left the scene of the accident without stopping. Emergency responders rushed him to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

There have been no arrests made in the incident. 

This crash comes just hours after a 75-year-old woman was hit and killed in the same neighborhood. Xue You was crossing 52nd Street when a white Jeep Cherokee hit her. The Jeep had been attempting to make a left turn from Eighth Avenue. That driver stopped and remained on the scene. 

Thursday’s crash was the fifth pedestrian fatality in just a few weeks across the borough. 

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