Accident in Brooklyn Heights brings NYC’s 25-mph speed limit into focus
“That’s why they want to lower the speed limit to 25,” an observer said as FDNY EMTs hoisted a man into an ambulance around 9 p.m. Friday night.
The man had been struck by a car on the boundary between Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn, just days before Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a new law that would lower the default citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour.
The elderly man had been crossing Cadman Plaza West at Clark Street, headed west, when he was mowed down by a Lexus turning left off Clark Street. His leg appeared to be broken, his companions were told by EMTs, though the extent of further injuries could not be confirmed on the street.
The driver of the Lexus insisted that the pedestrian was crossing against the light – something the victim’s companions insisted he would never do. They told police the Lexus had sped around the corner without slowing.