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Pedestrian killed on Flatbush Avenue

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A tractor trailer struck and killed a pedestrian on Flatbush Avenue in front of the Barclays Center on Wednesday, police said.

The Downtown-bound 18-wheeler collided with the victim, who investigators said was in his 40s, as he jaywalked on the block between Fourth and Atlantic avenues at around 12:30 pm.

Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Witnesses said the grisly crash was hard to watch.

“He was trying to cross the street and he wasn’t looking,” said John Balse, who was working on a construction site across the street from the collision. “The truck hit him and the tires rolled on top of his head.”

The victim’s name has not been released and the truck driver stayed at the scene. An investigation into the crash is ongoing, cops said.

Onlookers who happened upon the grisly scene said Flatbush Avenue has always been a hazardous street to cross.

“You really have to be careful. It’s very scary,” said Crown Heights resident Jay James. “They need a traffic officer here –— it’s a dangerous spot.”

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at nmusumeci@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at twitter.com/souleddout.

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Fr. Cappadonna from New Dorp says:
Those damn bicycles again!
April 5, 2013, 1:50 am
tomahawk from downtown brooklyn says:
If the person crossed at the crosswalk like he and others are suppose too he would be alive today and crossing when you have the walk signal, the truck driver is not at fault, he can't help it if people are stupid and play truth or dare on a city street.

Hopefully a lesson is learned follow the rules of the road and you will be fine
April 5, 2013, 9:14 am
adamben from bedstuy says:
“You really have to be careful. It’s very scary,” said Crown Heights resident Jay James. “They need a traffic officer here –— it’s a dangerous spot.”

no, you need to obey the laws.
April 5, 2013, 10:14 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
“They need a traffic officer here "

So we can ignore him or her too!

You were taught to cross the street when you were seven.
April 5, 2013, 10:49 am
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Rufus

Do you always cross at the corner?
April 5, 2013, 1:25 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
At Flatbush or Atlantic by Barclays?

YES!
April 5, 2013, 1:49 pm
NOT IMPORTANT from IRREVELANT says:
The man that was killed is my family member, you all need to remember that if he was crossing at a corner or not that his family is mourning his loss. You were all tought that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all when you were 7. Please remember that his family can see these rude comments.
April 5, 2013, 4:22 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
This is exactly why there needs to be a crackdown on jaywalking. Just hearing what happened shows that it really is going into harm's way. Although I do give my condolences to what happened to that man, he should have been looking and waiting for the walk signal rather than just crossing the way he did. For the record, I am not blaming the victim or saying that he deserved it, I am just not understanding why he chose to place himself into harm's way with what he did rather than just cross safely.
April 5, 2013, 7:23 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

you sound like the plantation owner in 1850 Alabama defending slavery and saying "I am not a racist". Just shut up.
April 5, 2013, 8:26 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block Use your eyes to look up Use your ears to hear Walk up to the corner when the coast is clear And wait And wait Until you see the light turn green Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block Use your eyes to look up Use your ears to hear Walk up to the corner when the coast is clear And wait And wait Until you see the light turn green Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block Don't cross the street in the middle in the middle In the middle in the middle in the middle of the block
April 5, 2013, 10:59 pm
Paul from Ft. Greene says:
That is one of the most dangerous pedestrian crossings I have ever seen, anywhere. The crosswalks are diagonal and extremely long, so if someone takes the shortest, straightest route they are "jaywalking." But if you don't you have 5 seconds to get from the traffic island across Atlantic Avenue before crazy drivers rush around the corner! Then there's something wrong with the light timings just down the block on 4th and Atlantic, just a crazy delay that makes no sense. How many people have to get hurt or killed before they do something?
And all you judging guys thinking you're superior or funny, or whatever desperate excuse you have, you're just desperate and sad.
April 5, 2013, 11:09 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
I saw this right after it happened. There is always a traffic office there during the afternoon making sure no one makes a left turn onto Atlantic from Flatbush. He was not hit anywhere near a crosswalk. This has to be the largest, most complicated intersection in Brooklyn. There are strict car rules and strict pedestrian rules with clearly marked crosswalks. The cars rules are heavily enforced. The pedestrian made a bad choice. Condolences to the family
April 6, 2013, 6:57 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Other Michael, I find that comment you aimed at me to be downright insulting especially since I am not in favor of slavery or even happen to be a racist. I never said that he deserved to be hit, I was just asking why he had to cross that way, which literally going into harm's way. Jaywalking actually does put the pedestrian such as that guy into such a circumstance. If time is such an issue than just leave earlier rather than later, so that crossing at that intersection won't be much of a factor. For the record, I have crossed at that intersection, and didn't see any problems and I waited for the walk signal rather than just go when I feel like it. Of course, websites such as Streetsblog and Gothamist will probably call this guy a martyr for doing this.
April 6, 2013, 5:34 pm
Sid from Boerum Hill says:
First condolences to the family that is one heck of a way to die.
Yes when a pedestrian crossing at the corner or in the middle of a block comes into contact with a truck its the pedestrian that losses.
The fine for jay walking is $2.00. When the council tried to raise it to $25 there was a hue and cry that defeated it.
The only way to prevent these things is to permanently separate traffic from pedestrians.
You can do that but it is expensive...but lives would be saved.
and I don't cross at Atlantic and Flatbush if I can help it. I cross Flatbush at Dean or Pacific.
April 7, 2013, 10:16 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I feel that the find for jaywalking should be raised. They will just be encouraged to do it more knowing that they will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist for doing such an action. A raise in this fine will most likely make less want to do that especially when they can't afford it. Fines for motorist are much higher, and I am referring to the lowest. Why should a traffic violation such a jaywalking by so low, but the many that motorist get costs an arm and a leg? Sounds like sticking it to the little guy here. As for that guy who got killed, he should have been arrested just for being a drug dealer.
April 7, 2013, 12:51 pm
Ace from New Utrecht says:
The traffic officers directing traffic will frequently wave traffic into the crosswalk after the lights have changed; they do nothing that adds to pedestrian safety at this car crazy intersection.
April 8, 2013, 12:39 pm
Ace from New Utrecht says:
The traffic officers directing traffic will frequently wave traffic into the crosswalk after the lights have changed; they do nothing that adds to pedestrian safety at this car crazy intersection.
April 8, 2013, 12:39 pm
NOT IMPORTANT from IRREVELANT says:
Tal, you say you're not a racist, however since you claim the man was a drug dealer, you must be a drug addict!!!!!!!!!
April 8, 2013, 4:43 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I don't take any illegal drugs, so just like Other Michael, you are also wrong, NOT IMPORTANT, which probably describes your nature.
April 8, 2013, 6:12 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal why did you say "As for that guy who got killed, he should have been arrested just for being a drug dealer."

Where you high then, are you high now?
April 8, 2013, 8:03 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
The other day, there was a comment on saying that he was doing just that. However, it was deleted. Either way, he jaywalked and had what was coming that day, though that doesn't mean that he deserved to die from that. On a side note, you sound more like you are on high than I am with that comment.
April 8, 2013, 8:41 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

It only goes to show that your misinformed opinion is only based on what you read on the internet.
April 9, 2013, 8:44 pm
Joe R. from Flushing says:
Instead of blaming the victim here, maybe we should be asking why a momentarily lapse of attention or judgement should be penalized by death. That's the real problem. Streets should be designed for all users. That should mean if a car does hit a pedestrian, it's not going so fast that the person dies. 20 mph maximum should be the rule on any streets with medium to large numbers of pedestrians. Save higher speeds for expressways, and rural or suburban arterials.

As for ticketing for jaywalking, the idea of fining a person walking in an urban environment because they didn't follow a silly set of traffic laws which actually makes things more dangerous is wrong on so many levels. It's safer to cross in the middle of the street, or at the corners on red, because you don't have to worry about turning vehicles. Just look both ways, then go if it's clear.
April 10, 2013, 12:05 am
Regina from park slope bk says:
I was on the 45 bus that day going to my doctors appt that day and when I saw him on the ground I just started crying!!!!! I didnt even know him and it was on my mine all day. I felt so sad. The thought of why did he jay-walk or wasnt looking didnt even cross my mind. It was the fact that he was dead in the middle of the street. The fact that he lost his life. My condolenses to his family. We never know how we will leave this earth so I wish everyone wouldnt be so judgemental.
April 18, 2013, 12:13 am

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