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A dump-truck driver struck and killed an elderly woman near the Barclays Center on Monday afternoon, cops and FDNY officials said.

Winnifred Matthias, 77, of East Flatbush, was crossing Flatbush Avenue at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue just after 12:20 pm when the motorist hit her in the Downtown-bound lane, according to police.

Responders rushed Matthias to Brooklyn Hospital Center in cardiac arrest, according to a Fire Department spokeswoman, and she was pronounced dead, cops said.

The driver of the truck, registered to New Jersey’s Munoz Trucking, stayed at the scene and no charges had been filed as of 6 pm on Monday, but an investigation is ongoing cops said.

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

Mom from Clinton Hill says:
Wow. That's not the first traffic death near that intersection, is it?
Oct. 20, 2014, 7:24 pm
Dad from Park Slope says:
Redesign this intersection immediately. There is no time to waste. Two deaths and many many injuries in less than two years? What is the DOT waiting for? More death?
Oct. 21, 2014, 9:13 am
ty from pps says:
vision zero - i guess that was what was wrong with the driver.
Oct. 21, 2014, 10:07 am
Cheryl from Flatbush & Atlantic says:
That intersection has and will continued to be a deadly crossing. The DOT needs to change the traffic pattern. How can you have a green light to walk and a green turn signal for vehicles to turn at the same time. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this traffic pattern will no doubt be the cause for more deaths. Two (2) will lead to many more if this situation is not corrected.
Oct. 21, 2014, 1:44 pm
Kelly from Nj says:
Why would someone want to kill a elderly women? Ask yourself its not the drivers fault not only in ny but all over the world pedestrians dont cross were they should they cross in front if busses trucks and big cars were even if the driver looks twice the pedestrian could cross after the drover looks they dont realize the busses and trucks are big and hard to see people! This should make coincience for people to learn gow to cross andmore importantly where to croos i bet the driver is now really scared as his family might be because it clearly wanasnt his fault and why would he go to jail if he wasnt druk or anything because he was workong?!?
Oct. 21, 2014, 6:10 pm
james from boerum says:
ITS Sad to say but she walk in the middle of the street not at the crosswalk... from beimg at the scene i would say sje walked in front of the dump truck in the drivers blinde spot where he wouldnt be able to see her and then the truck wemt fwd. Thats what i think happened
Oct. 21, 2014, 9:59 pm
james from boerum says:
Also police on scene checked his aor horn parking brakes air brakes all seemed to work fine so it wasnt a safety issue either .... simply not at the rite placee which was walkimg in front of the truck amd not in the crosswalk
Oct. 21, 2014, 10:09 pm
D from Whitestone says:
How often I see those trucks looking OVERLOADED. Maybe he could've stopped or had control of the vehicle at all times or dont move the truck at all like motor vehicle test states. Company I see has a history of death.
Oct. 23, 2014, 11:13 am
Jay from NJ/BK says:
We have to voice concern to the DOT. This Munoz company has been involved in a few fatal accidents. Moreover, I commute often and every time I see one of these trucks on the road, be it in the city or on the NJ roads, they are extremely aggressive. They speed, honk, and just drive with no regard to pedestrians or other drivers.
This company drivers need to be controlled or revoked before they kill another person.
Dec. 18, 2014, 11:56 am

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