Motorist fatally strikes pedestrian in Kensington: NYPD

Fatal: A driver struck and killed a pedestrian on Monday morning at the intersection of Church Avenue and Coney Island Avenue.
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Police arrested a Canarsie woman who fatally struck a pedestrian with her car in Kensington during rush hour Monday, according to authorities.

Kensington resident Maria Del Carmen Porras-Hernandez was walking across Coney Island Avenue at 9 a.m. on July 8, when Claudette Crosby turned her Honda Fit off of Church Avenue and struck her in the crosswalk, cops said.

First responders took Porras-Hernandez to Maimonides Hospital, where doctors pronounced the 49-year-old dead, authorities said.

After the initial collision, the Crosby’s vehicle spun out and collided with a Subaru Outback, which was stopped at a nearby red light, according to police.

Officers arrived at the scene and arrested Crosby for failure to yield to a pedestrian, and failure to exercise due care, cops said.

Street safety advocates blamed the car-centric design of the local roadways for failing to properly protect pedestrians.

“Coney Island Avenue is designed for speed, not for safety, and is a hostile environment is you’re not in a car,” said Transportation Alternatives spokesman Joe Cutrufo. “Failure to yield at intersections is a leading cause of pedestrian deaths, and the city ought to be doing more to prevent this deadly behavior, including automated enforcement at intersecti­ons.”

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Updated 1:56 pm, July 10, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Barry from Kenya says:
Oh but I just saw a cyclist run a red light and he didn’t kill anyone. Another self entitled motorist creating havoc on the streets. Life in prison and take all their assets.
July 8, 2019, 2:43 pm
Jason from Heights says:
The NYPD will blow multiple reds, drive on the wrong side of the road and cut off other vehicles in order to ram a cyclist off the road with their cruiser for the crime of disobeying them, meanwhile scumbags like this are tearing up the city driving in the most reckless way imaginable and killing people in the process and yet they are able to do it with impunity and without fear of enforcement because these uneducated halfwits from the suburbs cannot bring themselves to punish drivers for driving the same way THEY drive. I can't think who I despise the most - the killer drivers, or the NYPD goons who enable them.
July 8, 2019, 6:06 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
The bike nazis are out in force spreading whataboutism again. Make sure your lights and bells are working kiddies, or the NYPD will get ya.
July 8, 2019, 6:13 pm
Hillary from Prison says:
I'm a fool.
July 8, 2019, 7:22 pm
puzzled1 from Flatbush says:
Coney Island is definitely NOT "designed for speed" because there are cars and trucks double-parked up and down its length. I drive along CIA often, running errands, etc. and rarely di I ever get up to 25 mph, the legal speed limit. I don't know, of course, because I was driving home around 1 pm, the cars were still there and I didn't know what happened, but maybe this was just a terrible accident.
July 8, 2019, 9:55 pm
Mustache Pete from Windsor Terrace says:
#CrashNotAccident. If the driver had been handling the vehicle responsibly, there is less likelihood a human being would be dead. It wasn't an accident. Call it for what it is.
July 9, 2019, 10:11 am
Jeff from Brooklyn says:
Barry from Kenya & Hillary from Prison, you are both idiots! This accident did not involve a cyclist, so mention them. And, Hillary, you have no idea what bike nazis and should stop referring to bike nazis. That is a term that should never be used.
July 9, 2019, 4:39 pm
Joe blow says:
This guy Joe C_ is just a venting, spewing baseless conclusions to relieve his desire to be heard. Saying Coney Island Ave is built for speed has got to be about the dumbest statement I've heard from anyone given the credibility to be quoted by a paper. Both motorists and pedestrians have to be more dilligent in the shared use of the streets and rely more on their sence of care and responsibility than entitlements and right-of-way. We're all humans, we all make mistakes, and we should never assume the other person is going to do what's expected. Be "careful" and "shareful". My condolences to the family of this fallen woman. I was there, it was terrible.
July 10, 2019, 9:54 am

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