Pickup-truck driver fatally hits man in Williamsburg

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A man died after a driver hit him while he crossed a Williamsburg street, police said.

The motorist behind the wheel of a 2015 Ford pickup truck was driving on Maspeth Avenue towards Varick Avenue around 5 pm on Friday, when he made a left onto Vandervoort Avenue and plowed into 51-year-old Jose Rubi as he crossed Maspeth Avenue, according to authorities, who said the deceased crossed the street “mid-block.” But a Police Department spokesman could not immediately specify whether “mid-block” meant the victim was outside of a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Cops also couldn’t immediately say which direction Rubi was crossing the street when the 46-year-old driver, who stayed at the scene, struck him.

Paramedics rushed the victim, who lived about a mile away on Union Avenue, to Woodhull Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, officials said.

The city’s medical examiner on Sunday determined Rubi died from injuries to his head and torso sustained in the crash, according to cops, who on Tuesday said they’ve yet to arrest anyone, and that their investigation is ongoing.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 11:35 am, January 15, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Vision Zero from Zero Vision says:
Anyone driving a pickup in NYC should be dragged from their vehicles and beaten.
Jan. 15, 2019, 4:19 pm
Glen from Greenpoint says:
To the nitwit pretending to be Vision Zero, I agree with you!
Jan. 15, 2019, 5:57 pm
Wilbur D. Horse from Margaritaville says:
It is a shame that a man is dead, but it does sound like he contributed to his own demise. Why was he too lazy to walk to the corner to a crosswalk? Was he wearing earbuds and/or watching a video while jaywalking?
Jan. 16, 2019, 7:42 am
Glen from Greenpoint says:
To the nitwit Ken from Greenpoint, [not Ken from Greenpoint says:, you dummy!] you should be ashamed at the way you are butchering the English language. Get an education, will ya!!
Jan. 16, 2019, 5:57 pm
Glen from Greenpoint says:
To the nitwit pretending to be Vision Zero, I agree with you!
Jan. 16, 2019, 8:34 pm
Jay from Brooklyn says:
Vision Zero from Zero Vision says: my vision on you is not the greatest, you sound like an unhappy person you need a life...
Jan. 17, 2019, 1:45 pm
Glen from Greenpoint says:
What is it with all these grammar idiots in Brooklyn?
Jan. 17, 2019, 6:02 pm
Joe from Brooklyn says:
so far Brooklyn is the best.....
Jan. 18, 2019, 12:38 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville. NY says:
While I give my condolenses to the family of the victim, let's remember that the pickup truck driver is also partly a victim, being made out to be the villain just because he was driving. I bet if he were cycling and killed the guy on his bike, he would have been given a medal by some streetsblogger posters. Personally, these things would happen less if there were more lanes and wider lanes to accomodate the bigger vehicles that taxpaying motorists need to get to work.
Jan. 22, 2019, 1:26 pm

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