The driver of a New York Police Department pickup truck struck and killed a man standing in the center of a Brooklyn thoroughfare Thursday night, police said.
The vehicle was traveling west on Eastern Parkway near Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights just after 8 p.m. when it hit the 53-year-old, police said.
He was rushed to Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not identified either the victim or the driver.
Four people who were under arrest were being transported in the van to the 77th precinct when the incident occurred. The department’s press office did not immediately provide further details about the collision.
The man was killed during a years-long effort to reduce the death toll on city streets and sidewalks. Former mayor Bill de Blasio launched the initiative he called Vision Zero seven years ago. But it struggles to improve the safety of cyclists and walkers.
Indeed, New York City last year saw its highest level of road deaths in nearly a decade. And the 77th Precinct, which covers parts of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, has one of the highest rates of recorded traffic injuries relative to its population of any police station in the city until present this year, with 15 pedestrians and 46 motorists injured, none fatally, until the end of February.
Twenty-nine pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle collisions across the city from Jan. 1 to March 19, according to the most recent data available. There were 25 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle collisions during the same period last year, and 129 in 2021.
Mayor Eric Adams pledged in January to revamp Vision Zero, and the Department of Transportation announced it would make design improvements to 1,000 intersections across the city, prioritizing areas where people have were killed or seriously injured.
The police department also said it will enforce the rules more for drivers who disregard pedestrians crossing the street.