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Man fatally run over in Midwood

August 26, 2019 Noah Goldberg
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A man lying in front of the opening to a garage was run over and killed in Midwood early Monday morning.

The unidentified man, who cops said was possibly intoxicated, was lying on the ground outside a dialysis center at 1122 Coney Island Ave. between Avenue H and Glenwood Road around 12:30 a.m. with part of his body positioned in front of a driveway. A driver in a 2019 Honda Odyssey tried to pull into the driveway and ran the man over. EMS took the man to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The death was the third to occur on Coney Island Avenue this year, a dangerous street for which politicians want the Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study. Just weeks ago, on Aug. 11, a cyclist was struck and killed in a crash caught on dashboard camera video. The driver in that case was arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter.

Traffic fatalities this year in southern Brooklyn are up almost double from last year. There have been 33 people killed so far in crashes in Brooklyn South precincts, according to police statistics, as opposed to 17 through the same period in 2018. Brooklyn South includes areas from Coney Island up to Red Hook and as far east as Canarsie.

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While fatalities are also up throughout Manhattan and in Staten Island — including in southern Manhattan, where there’s been more than double the number of fatalities so far this year from last year — southern Brooklyn is still far outpacing other parts of the city in deaths, with 13 more deaths than any other area.

Focus from advocates so far this year has been largely on a sharp uptick in cyclist deaths, with pressure building on Mayor Bill de Blasio to make streets safer for riders.

He and DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced a “Green Wave” plan to increase the pace of protected bike lane construction throughout the city by 50 percent per year.

The announcement did not address total fatalities citywide, which are up more than 25 percent citywide so far this year, a confusing trend at odds with the fact that there have been nearly 10,000 fewer collisions in 2019 as opposed to 2018.

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