Driver of N.Y.P.D. Van Hits and Kills a Pedestrian in Brooklyn

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Four arrested people were being transported in the van Thursday night when its driver struck the man in Crown Heights.

The driver of a New York City Police Department van struck and killed a man standing in the center median of a Brooklyn thoroughfare Thursday night, the police said.

The vehicle was traveling west on Eastern Parkway near Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights just after 8 p.m. when it struck the 53-year-old man, the police said.

He was rushed to Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead. The police did not identify the victim or the driver.

Four people who were under arrest were being transported in the van to the 77th Precinct when the incident occurred. The department’s press office didn’t immediately provide more details about the collision.

The man was killed amid a years-long effort to reduce the death toll on the city’s streets and sidewalks. Former Mayor Bill de Blasio seven years ago began the initiative, which he called Vision Zero. But it has struggled to improve safety for cyclists and walkers.

Indeed, New York City last year saw its highest levels of traffic fatalities in nearly a decade. And the 77th Precinct, which covers portions of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, has among the highest rates of recorded traffic injuries relative to its population of all city police precincts so far this year, with 15 pedestrians and 46 motorists injured, none of them fatally, through the end of February.

Twenty-nine pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle collisions across the city from Jan. 1 through March 19, according to the most recently available data. There were 25 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle collisions during the same time frame last year, and 129 in all of 2021.

Mayor Eric Adams vowed in January to revamp Vision Zero, and the Department of Transportation announced that it would make design improvements to 1,000 intersections citywide, prioritizing areas where people have been killed or seriously injured.

The Police Department also said it would further enforce rules for drivers who do not heed pedestrians who are crossing the street.

Vehicle crashes across the country killed more than 6,700 pedestrians in 2020, a 5 percent increase from the year before, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.

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