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A Brooklyn driver struck and seriously injured a 17-year-old girl as she crossed a dangerous Flatbush street that pedestrian advocates have been fighting to tame for years.

Eyewitnesses said the teen was crossing Parkside Avenue from north to south in the middle of the long block between Ocean and Flatbush avenues when a car hit her and knocked her to the pavement on March 4.

“The girl was facedown in the middle of the street for about 10–15 minutes,” said Eddy Petit Jr., who was walking home from the library when he came upon the gruesome scene.

Police said that the girl was jaywalking between two parked vehicles, and the Fire Department confirmed the that emergency responders transported the victim from the scene near the Pioneer Supermarket to Kings County Hospital at around 5:13 pm.

Petit said the scene was bleak; police cordoned off much of the roadway while FDNY paramedics put a neck brace on the girl and loaded her into an ambulance.

The driver of the car remained at the scene for hours after the accident, he said.

That block of Parkside Avenue has long been the target of safety-minded activists — who eventually convinced the Department of Transportation to conduct a study revealing the intersection at Ocean Avenue to be more dangerous than 99 out of 100 crossings borough-wide.

The city fixed up the intersection — which is the site of about 20 injuries per year — and even closed a vehicular entrance to Prospect Park last summer, but residents say the tune-ups haven’t gone far enough.

Now neighbors say the city must work harder to change the culture of dangerous driving if planners are serious about making the area safer.

“People drive very aggressively and very angrily there,” said Madeleine Fix-Hansen, who fought for years to get the Ocean and Parkside avenues intersection redesigned after a hit-and-run driver struck and injured her mother. “The next leg is that the police start to ticketing people around there.”

No charges were filed against the driver, and Kings County Hospital did not return calls for updates on the teenager’s condition.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.
Updated 10:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

Don't say anything. Just dont'
March 19, 2013, 2:07 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Other Michael, you have no right to demand me to be silenced or censored especially when I am not doing this to you. I do give my condolences to this girl, but if she wasn't jaywalking in the first place, the accident would have been avoided altogether. The truth is that jaywalking does place the pedestrian into harm's way, though this doesn't mean that I feel that they had what was coming. It's like saying that if I was to stop someone from robbing my home or even trying to do a murder, I would be called for assault even though it was just trying to stop him from doing such an act. If you don't want dangerous streets, then stop jaywalking and cross at the walk signal instead. There is a reason why they are there in the first place, but so many ignore them and just run across the street leaving little time for the motorist to notice them. Also, there is a thing known as non-negligible whereas the motorist hit someone, but was following the traffic laws, so they are not solely responsible for their actions. BTW, nowhere in this article did it say that the motorist who hit her was speeding or even running red lights, so it's considered non-negligible by that.
March 20, 2013, 4:37 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
I have a right to ask you not to be a jerk. Just as you have a right to be a jerk. A girl is hospitalized. Go away.
March 20, 2013, 7:40 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
If you can prove to me that the driver was breaking rules himself, I will believe you that he was being negligible in what he did. I never said that the girl deserved it, just that jaywalking wasn't the smartest idea here, and she did place herself into harm's way by doing so. Also, saying that someone isn't solely responsible isn't the same as saying that they are not responsible at all, and please learn the difference between the two. Perhaps, that will make you understand why the police didn't file any charges on him. Then again, I don't think you even know what it means to be placed into harm's way.
March 20, 2013, 8:54 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
I know the difference.

A girl is injured, Shut up.
March 21, 2013, 4:33 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Acting like that really does show that you are really the attacker here, not me. I know the cause of the accident, and it would have been avoided if she just didn't jaywalk to begin with. Perhaps, this will teach a lesson never to do this again especially after what happened. What she did gave the motorist very little time to even notice her, which is why she got hit, and this is the cause, not the effect. If you asked me, there are those who jaywalk on purpose just to get rich quick off of others, but I doubt places like Streetsblog, Transportation Alternatives, or even the Gothamist will call them out on that. On a side note, take some decaff, because I think that coffee and comment early in the morning is really getting to you, which may explain why you are behaving so bitter.
March 21, 2013, 3:42 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

Are you saying that she threw herself in front of the car just to collect insurance money?

Really
March 21, 2013, 5:23 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Other Michael, I wasn't referring to her, I was talking about others who do this, but your playing of semantics tend to blind you on the true issue.
March 21, 2013, 8:59 pm
Other Michel from Park Slope says:
Tal

What do you have to bring up insurance fraud in the comments about a girl that was injured? The "true issue" according to the article above is that she was crossing in the middle of the long block between Ocean and Flatbush avenues.

Maybe there needs to be a crosswalk installed there.
March 22, 2013, 4:55 am
Other Michel from Park Slope says:
Tal

What do you have to bring up insurance fraud in the comments about a girl that was injured? The "true issue" according to the article above is that she was crossing in the middle of the long block between Ocean and Flatbush avenues.

Maybe there needs to be a crosswalk installed there.
March 22, 2013, 4:55 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How about crossing where the crosswalk actually is, which is that corner, rather than where it isn't, plus going on the walk signal rather than jaywalking instead?
March 22, 2013, 2:55 pm
Other Michael from Park Slope says:
Tal

That would be nice, but this is the real world. Show some compassion.
March 22, 2013, 5:51 pm
Peter Engel from Fort Greene says:
Sometimes this back and forth is entertaining but not now. A human being has been hurt. I wish all you guys would grow up, stop waving your johnsons and STFU already. THis is why I now tend to avoid comments sections. No one's learning anything.
March 24, 2013, 2:50 pm

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