Cops: Truck driver hit cab into pedestrian

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A flatbed truck driver smashed a livery cab up a curb and into a woman on the sidewalk on Tuesday afternoon, according to police and an eyewitness.

The cabbie was heading down Court Street towards Carroll Gardens at 12:46 pm and was attempting to turn right onto Atlantic Avenue when the truck also turned right, but from the left lane, and bashed the cab up the curb, police said. The taxi then took out a light pole, slammed into the 29-year-old pedestrian, and crunched into a building, cops said. A witness said the victim was “broken from the waist down.”

Emergency medical personnel rushed the woman to Lutheran Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

The victim was on the Court Street sidewalk near Atlantic Avenue when the truck set the black Lincoln Town Car on its crash course, the witness said. A truck advertising Bruce Supply Corp., a Long Island contractor supplier, was pulled over at the scene three hours later. Officers gave the driver a ticket for an improper turn but had not arrested anyone by Wednesday morning, according to the NYPD.

Theresa Gear, a clerk at a nearby market, did not see the accident, but was shaken up nonetheless.

“That could have been anyone standing there,” she said.

Gear also noted that the streets nearby are dicey.

“This is a really dangerous area,” she said.

Lutheran is located about five miles from where the crash occurred, while the former site of Long Island College Hospital, which stopped accepting ambulances in May ahead of the hospital’s closure, is less than one-third of a mile away. The Cobble Hill hospital lacked a trauma center when it was open and it is unclear if it would have been equipped to treat this crash victim.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018: Updated to reflect additional information from the Police Department.
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Reasonable discourse

Scott from Park Slope says:
And this despite lowering the city-wide speed limit to 25mph. Drivers in the city have developed a scofflaw culture that defies such measures. We need material modifications to our streets that make it physically impractical to speed. Bulbouts, 20mph speed humps, neck-downs, and chicanes are such measures and should be standard on residential side streets. Bollards and planter-bollards, like they have along stretches of upper Broadway, should be standard along arterial roads like Atlantic to protect people against curb-jumping cars. Pedestrian overpasses can reduce on-grade conflicts at busy intersections and on long stretches where people are tempted to jaywalk. Other world cities with similar population densities and fewer resources than New York take these measures, so we can too.
Sept. 3, 2014, 8:03 am
ty from pps says:
and rubber sidewalks so people don't get hurt when they fall!
Sept. 3, 2014, 9:12 am
Ian Turner from Hamilton Heights says:
No consequences for the drivers, of course.
Sept. 3, 2014, 9:26 am
Bklynite from Bklyn says:
Can't wait for Tal to start ranting about cyclists.
Sept. 3, 2014, 11:25 am
BD from Red Hook/Carroll Gdns says:
My heart goes to that poor victim to undergo this tragic accident, along with
frantic people running. Traffic from Flatbush to Court Street is horrendous
Deterring to speed ahead and than to
make that left turn with oncoming traffic from Hicks onto Court and from Boro Ha traffic coming down Court Street. This is a jammering havoc of congestion- DANGEROUS for pedestrians as we as drivers
NO -Grocery store- should have been on this corner- with shoppers but no parking lot. This makes this a very bad congested corner with other businesses - unloading their produce, etc Very busy corner with a pharmacy on opposite corner along with a bus stop. There definitely needs to be a slower light along with some other limit speed signs approaching Atlantic n Court Street
Traffic lights are changing fast, before a pedestrian has time to cross
All traffic lights should be checked periodically. As we get closer to Carroll Gardens- lights are changing faster than usual
IF LONG ISLAND COLLEGE HOSP- had been open- it would have been faster to take her there to work on her, than the longer ride to Lutheran
If needed, there would have been otherwise a trauma unit closer by
Sept. 3, 2014, 11:27 am
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
what is wrong with drivers in this city? They have very little if any regard for ones life -cyclist or pedestrian.
Sept. 3, 2014, 11:53 am
Peter K. from Brooklyn Heights says:
But hey, the 84th PCT (where this occurred) has written a total of 114 speeding tix this year!

That adds up to a little less over 0.4 per day.
Sept. 3, 2014, 12:12 pm
Barnskydoodle from Park Stoop says:
It would never happen if we had wider car lanes, and kept bikes on the sidewalk or in non-rush hour times.
Sept. 3, 2014, 2:40 pm
Moses Kestenbaum ODA from williamsburg says:
Narrowing the streets for the Bike lanes is at fault here, abolish the bike lanes now in heavy traffic avenues and streets and save lives. Mr Mayor dont use abuse my tax dollars on bike lanes that is a threat for bikers and pedestrians.
Sept. 3, 2014, 3:13 pm
Concerned from CG says:
The area is beyond congested. Cabs, bikes that travel the wrong way or all over the roadway, semis, buses, flatbeds, delivery trucks, out of control delivery bikes, pedestrians, tour buses, ups trucks, fedex trucks, and mopeds all compete for the same narrow stretch of two lane E/W and N/S roadways connecting to the BQE/bridges/Gowanus/BB tunnel. Add to that all the double parked trucks and you have a recipe for disaster.
People speed like crazy in this area and on the sidestreets. They blow through lights. One of the easiest ways to discourage this behavior is to make every other light go out of sync with the next light. Ticket all 2x parked veichles including delivery trucks. Install ticket cameras. Change regs to prevent court street and lower Atlantic from allowing large trucks. Force them to use Columbia/furman Sts or the larger aves to the east.
Sept. 3, 2014, 4:11 pm
Jim from Ditmas Park says:
Glad the unhinged irrational types came out in force to comment on this...
Sept. 3, 2014, 4:47 pm
Frank from Dumbo says:
Unhinged irrational types? Boy you must be one of the more constructive types.
Sept. 3, 2014, 6:36 pm
Jim from Ditmas Park says:
-- Wider lanes would prevent this
-- Bike lanes are the cause
-- Bike lanes are a threat to pedestrians

Those are the unhinged irrational types I was referring to... Anyone who thinks the city needs wider/more/bigger roads is just brain dead. Anyone who thinks vehicles being launched onto sidewalks is because of bike lanes is mental.
Sept. 3, 2014, 7:02 pm
JAY from NYC says:
People in this city are horrible drivers. It all starts with the laughable "training" that new drivers get. In other states you have to have a whole heck of a lot more training to get a license as a new driver. We have all kinds of gun laws here to make it almost impossible to legally own a firearm, and yet we let any fool behind the wheel of two ton death machine with almost zero training.
Furthermore, to top it off, we allow the police to not enforce the bare minimum laws that are on the books like you know, don't red red lights at 60 mile an hour. Honestly, its a sheer miracle that the death rate is not 10 times higher.
Sept. 3, 2014, 9:06 pm
Me from Bay Ridge says:
Hope this paper follows up on the woman's condition.
It hurts just to read about it.
Sept. 4, 2014, 8:52 pm
mother from east new york says:
Me and my seven year old daughter also had to jump out of the way. That poor woman was just shaking. I cried for two days. I was hit before not as bad but any situation like this still scares the hell out of me. I hope they update on her condition. She has been on my mind this whole time. That cab driver jumped right out the car and kneeled down by her. My heart goes out to her.
Sept. 5, 2014, 10:25 pm
Family of hers from Brooklyn says:
She's stable. Thanks for your concern. But has a long recovery ahead of her. She is also a mother of two.
Sept. 7, 2014, 4:09 pm
neighbor from cobble hill says:
My husband saw the aftermath of the accident and has been upset since. Very glad to hear that she is stable.
Sept. 7, 2014, 5:32 pm
Ryan from Cobbile Hill says:
Quality trolling here on bike lanes, I think, but really you never know. Might just be some sociopaths who have never been on bike-lane-free Court St.
Sept. 8, 2014, 10:42 am
AKH from Sheepshead Bay says:
It's odd how the article is about a truck, a livery cab and a pedestrian, and yet one third of the comments on it are about bikes.

As to various "theories" how and why this happened, this accident had nothing to do with bike lanes or speeding. It has to do with the basic facts of driving a truck and the insane lengths cabbies will go to to save themselves time.

The bigger the truck, the bigger the blind spots, especially on the right side of the vehicle. This is one reason why you should never attempt to pass a truck on the right. The other reason is, the bigger the truck, the more left you need to be to successfully make a right turn and vice versa.

The most probable cause of this terrible accident is the cab ignoring the truck's right turn signal to try to squeeze by with his own right turn, creeping into a huge blind spot where the trick driver could not see. I've seen this before. I or my partner will be trying to make a right turn and a livery cab or delivery scooter will try to squeeze by. An accident is usual averted because the person not driving at the time has a better view of the right side of the truck. It also helps that both sides have brakes.
Nov. 23, 2014, 9:34 am

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