Teacher killed by truck

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Brooklyn’s legal establishment mourned a beloved Brooklyn Law School professor who was run down by a garbage truck while crossing Montague Street on Wednesday morning.

Sara Robbins, 54, was at Montague and Henry streets shortly after 6 am when a private garbage truck hit her.

Robbins was a well-known law librarian and professor at Brooklyn Law. She joined the faculty in 1985 after holding librarian positions at Yale Law School and Cardozo School of Law.

“Her thoughtful guidance, generosity of spirit and kindness will be greatly missed,” Brooklyn Law said in a statement posted on the school’s Web site.

City Councilman David Yassky (D–Brooklyn Heights) knew Robbins from his days teaching at the Brooklyn Heights–based legal institution.

“She was as sweet a person as you could possibly know,” he said in a muted voice.

Since 1987, Robbins had been a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute Graduate School of Information and Library Science, and she frequently lectured on copyright issues and law library administration.

Robbins was pronounced dead at the gruesome scene. She was buried on Thursday in her native Ohio.

The driver of the truck, which is registered to I.E.S.I., a private carting company based in the Bronx, was not arrested.

An investigation into whether he was criminally negligent is ongoing, police said. An I.E.S.I spokeswoman had no comment.

Area residents were not surprised by the fatality. Henry Street has long been a conduit for sanitation trucks heading towards Atlantic Avenue. The trucks often leave slicks of oily garbage that pedestrians and bicyclists slip on, residents said.

And according to Transportation Alternatives, Henry Street is one of the three most dangerous stretches in Brooklyn Heights. Since 1995, six pedestrians have been hit — though not all fatally — at the intersection of Henry and Montague.

Robbins was the seventh.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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