Flatbush Avenue jaywalk ends in death

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A Staten Island woman died on Monday night when a driver hit her on Flatbush Avenue near the Prospect Park Zoo, police said.

Sokhna Niang, 49, was crossing Flatbush Avenue around 9:12 pm when a 37-year-old man driving toward Empire Boulevard ran into her, according to cops. The man behind the wheel initially kept going, but he quickly realized that he had hit someone and returned to the scene, officers stated. A police investigation is underway, but it wasn’t clear on Tuesday morning if the driver would face charges, a Police Department spokeswoman said.

First responders declared Niang dead when they arrived on the scene, a Fire Department spokesman said.

Niang was not in a crosswalk when the motorist struck her, police said.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
People are always jay walking around there mostly it's to get across the street to or from the train station. Then they have the nerve to look at the drivers and stare them down like they are in the wrong! Just wait for the light to change it doesn't take that long!
July 15, 2014, 5:16 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I won't be surprised if Streetsblog, Transportation Alternatives, or any other anti-car fanatic groups will be calling this person a martyr even though she was placing herself into harm's way just by jaywalking.
July 15, 2014, 6:39 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Also note that like many other streets in NYC, this area had its traffic pattern altered by the DOT. Like any street the DOT touches it became a congested dangerous mess.
July 16, 2014, 3:05 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
Look here Taliban Tal, its time for driver's continuing driver's education since it appears way too many drivers have disregard for human life, be it cyclist or pedestrian.
July 16, 2014, 7:38 am
Ace from New Utrecht says:
"jay walking" is used by operators and proponents of vehicles to assign blame to pedestrians. Pedestrians always, all the time, have the right of way. If you are operating your vehicle in such a manner that you cannot avoid hitting a pedestrian then you are driving too fast or not paying enough attention and such a vehicle operator should not be granted the privilege of a driver's license.

Speed limits, are limits they are not suggestions.
July 16, 2014, 7:51 am
ty from pps says:
I'm so glad my 'common sense' is far less stupid than that of Mr. Common Cents.
July 16, 2014, 8:41 am
sh from Crown Heights says:
Well said Ace
July 16, 2014, 4:30 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
First of all, I find it very insulting to hear someone calling me by that name especially when I do NOT support the Taliban by any means, and I'm talking to you bkmanhattan. Getting back to the article, try looking for the causes and not the effects here. Was the man that hit her breaking any laws himself? There is nothing in the article that confirms that hence you can't call him for negligence. What is known is that the woman that got hit was jaywalking, and that is against the laws. I find it an irony how your kind tells others to follow the laws when your kind hardly ever practices what you preach. It's like a parent telling their child not to smoke in claiming that it's bad for your health, but then smokes themselves and acting like a hypocrite to that and making a claim that it's only okay when they are doing it, but anyone else. Overall, she put herself into harm's way, so she isn't the victim here.
July 16, 2014, 6:57 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
However it appears that Ty from pops is so stupid they can't muster a proper comment. That or they left their comment back in the Midwest...
July 16, 2014, 8:44 pm
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
Tal you have to understand the sheep mentality that many 'NYers' have. They believe that politicians, elected representatives are their leaders so they believe anything they tell them. So when you have a purposely poorly lit area like this where the DOT funnels southbound traffic into one lane, of course it's the drivers fault because it's easier to make them pay by pushing the idiotic cash grab of vision zero. After all De Blasio is Italian for 'empty your pockets'
July 16, 2014, 8:51 pm
ty from pps says:
Wow... Is Common Cents in a battle with Tal to be named most ignorant man alive?
July 17, 2014, 9:27 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
July 17, 2014, 12:35 pm
Oliver from Sunset Park says:
Making a mistake (like jaywalking), even a stupid one, should not result in death. The fact that it does with such frequency means that the design of our roads, the speed limits and the behaviors of drivers need to be questioned and improved.

Let he who has never jaywalked before cast the first stone. (because we all do it, and no one expects to die from it, so let's not get too crazy with the victim blaming.)
July 17, 2014, 1:19 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"Making a mistake (like jaywalking), even a stupid one, should not result in death."

When did you move from Utopia? Definitely a transplant.

Wishful thinking is not a strategy.
July 17, 2014, 5:42 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I to agree that the she didn't deserve to die, but that doesn't excuse her from jaywalking. I'm still waiting to hear where the driver who killed her had displayed negligence, which has yet to be given. Until then, it's assumed he wasn't showing any. I can't believe those who will go immediately to blaming all motorists whether or not they did anything wrong. If he's not charged, he should have the right to get all of you who believed otherwise for slander, and this does go a long way in the courts.
July 17, 2014, 7:21 pm
Oliver from Sunset Park says:
Yup, I'm totally a transplant, from a place where people jaywalk ALL THE TIME, nothing like NYC. What was I thinking! Oh yeah, that just because you jaywalk doesn't mean that it's ok to be mowed down by a car.

Cars should be driven in a manner that allows the driver to yield for pedestrians, even if that pedestrian is doing something wrong. I manage to not hit jaywalking pedestrians every day. It's not that hard to drive defensively and cautiously.

But yeah, let's continue to blame the victim for doing something that we all do frequently.
July 18, 2014, 9:47 am
Oliver from Sunset Park says:
The strategy would be smarter street designs (to make it more convenient for pedestrians to cross legally) and lower speed limits, so that drivers have time to stop for pedestrians (even pedestrians that are doing something wrong), or so that if a pedestrian is hit by a car, the result is less likely to be a tragic death.

This is not some crazy Utopian daydream, it is completely feasible and completely necessary in a densely populated city.
July 18, 2014, 9:51 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm still waiting for evidence that the driver showed any signs of negligence on that accident, and you can't just jump to the conclusion that he did that.
July 18, 2014, 6:53 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
the strategy would be to not jay walk. when you jay walk you pretty much accept some possibilities - ask Jerry Rubin. Sort of like jumping on the train tracks to get something you dropped - the possibility of kissing a subway car is real and chances are pretty strong you will be carried out and not the train.. and as much as Tal can over do some things he can be on the money. you don't want to be hit by a car - cross at the green and not in between.
July 18, 2014, 7:10 pm
PJ from WT says:
There was a torrential downpour that night. People naturally try to get out of the rain, as this poor soul was possibly doing. The way to drive is as follows.: Always be prepared for someone or something to appear in front of your vehicle, (or behind it) and be prepared to stop -- or don't drive at all.
July 19, 2014, 10:06 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
In addition to being mentally ill, Tal is reprehensible. He blames the victim and then conjures conspiracies by his imaginary enemies at TA, Streetsblog, etc. No wonder the Israeli Army didn't want him going up against the actual Hamas.

Either that, or he's a Brooklyn Paper bot to get eyeballs and rile people up.
July 23, 2014, 11:01 am

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