Fourth Avenue hit and run leaves woman critical

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There is blood on the street in Park Slope.

The victim of a hit and run is fighting for her life after a driver struck her as she was crossing Fourth Avenue on Wednesday afternoon, cops said. Witnesses of the collision described her injuries as severe.

“She was bleeding from the ears and vomiting blood,” said Levi Liberow, of Crown Heights, adding that the motorist barreled through a red light. “She was totally unconscious.”

Paramedics responded to a call at 12:39 pm on Wednesday afternoon and transported the woman to Lutheran Medical Center in serious condition, a Fire Department spokesman said. A police spokesman said the woman is now critical condition.

Liberow and his wife, both volunteer emergency medical technicians, were driving toward Third Avenue on Union Street and about to cross Fourth Avenue with the light when the collision occurred. The couple helped stabilize the woman as they awaited paramedics, clearing her airway and making sure she had a pulse, Liberow said.

Security footage shot from a nearby business shows the woman standing on the corner, waiting for the light to change before she crossed Fourth Avenue. But after she has taken about five steps into the road, making it about halfway to the median, the driver of a blue sedan, which cops identified as a Hyundai Elantra, plows into her.

“She definitely had the light,” said Liberow. “The car slowed down for an instant, but then drove away.”

Onlookers gathered at the scene of the crash on Wednesday afternoon. Blood pooled on the street next to a pile of change, about 20 feet from the crosswalk where the woman was hit. Liberow said the collision sent the woman flying, and that she landed first on the blue sedan’s windshield before finally falling to the ground.

The owner of a nearby restaurant said the intersection of is constantly chaotic, with cars regularly speeding up in order to avoid being caught in a red light.

“It’s a total mess,” said Nico Daniele, who since opening Bella Gioia in April said he has seen at numerous crashes in the intersection. “People just show a total disregard for human life.”

A Windsor Terrace woman whose son goes to nearby PS 133 echoed his complaint, describing her crossing Union Street with her son as a daily ordeal.

“When I saw that, it’s just my worst nightmare,” said Kim Jawanda, gesturing toward the police tape and bloody pavement. “People just come whipping around, and they don’t even stop.”

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

Charles from Bklyn says:
The city is not serious about pedestrian related traffic accidents and deaths. Talk is cheap, as is painting the cross walks.
Nov. 5, 2014, 7:03 pm
Edgar from Park slope says:
And no car followed this piece of garbage and got the plates, called the cops? Wtf?
Nov. 5, 2014, 7:43 pm
Rob from Williamsburg says:
Surely there's surveillance footage. But even if the cops find the driver, no charges will be filed.
Nov. 5, 2014, 10 pm
bkmanhatman from nubrucklyn says:
@charles from Bklyn
But the cops are serious about cyclist who don't have the same killing power as a car.
Nov. 6, 2014, 10:26 am
Scott from Park Slope says:
That's why the changes planned for 4th Ave are so welcome. They're not enough, though. The bulbouts they implemented at 4th & 9th ought to be replicated at every intersection, along with bollards to make sure speeding cars can't jump curbs and clip pedestrians. Speeding cameras can help as well. The 78th precinct made an effort to manually patrol the street during the first 6 months of Vision Zero and last stretch of Ameri's tenure, but they've stopped now. People from Bay Ridge and other points south should take the BQE instead of 4th Ave, or, gasp, ride the subway like everybody else.
Nov. 6, 2014, 10:48 am
Vision Zero from Park Slope says:
This woman's blood is on the hands of Tom Miskel, Daniel Kummer and the other deeply out-of-touch members of Brooklyn Community Board Six who put the kibosh on community-driven plans to extend traffic-calming measures down to this part of Fourth Avenue.
Nov. 6, 2014, 11:05 am
Resident from Park Slope says:
"There is blood on the street in Park Slope."

Agree with the above commenter. There is blood on Community Board 6's hands.

Shame on them. This is what happens when we value parking and speed over human life. Time for the majority of people who walk and live in this neighborhood to start showing up to CB6 meetings.
Nov. 6, 2014, 11:57 am
Resident from Park Slope says:
For reference:
Nov. 6, 2014, 11:58 am
former resident from Park Slope says:
I crossed 4th Avenue at Union Street recently and a driver stuck his head out the window and yelled at the pedestrians to wait so he could make the turn from westbound Union on to southbound 4th. Words were exchanged (not me, just an observer) with the driver getting the final say, "Maybe I should have just hit you!"
Nov. 6, 2014, 4:43 pm
Zero Vision from Park Slope says:
If it were up to some people there would be an outright ban on cars in the whole City. That's one way to chase out the middle class for sure. As if we need any more incentives to push them out.

How does blaming the Community Board, of all the entities to pick on, help this discussion? As if they are the DOT and have the power to act? Plenty of people participate at Community Board meetings. Except maybe the pious trolls who post judgmental, ridiculous comments on websites.

Shame on you.
Nov. 16, 2014, 1:48 am
Zero Vision from Park Slope says:
P.S. If the report is accurate, it sounds like the car ran a red light. That could happen anywhere and at any time. No amount of engineering could prevent some crashes, even fatal ones. The driver should be caught and jailed for murder.

And trolls blame the Community Board? Idiots.
Nov. 16, 2014, 1:53 am

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