Authorities in New York City has confirmed the death of 56-year-old man who was fatally ran over by a driver in Brooklyn street on Sunday.
Walter Gonzalez, 56, was standing in the painted median near the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights when he was hit around 6:30 p.m., cops said. He died at the scene, where a blue pickup truck had extensive front-end damage.
IsL reports that Gonzalez’s wife arrived at the intersection and wailed as a friend tried to console her. The driver who struck the man remained at the scene and did not immediately face charges, police said.
It’s not the first time a pedestrian standing in the median was killed at this particular intersection.
Earlier this year, an New Yoke Police Department van struck and killed Ronald Smith, 53, who was collecting change at the corner.
Smith was also standing in the median in the middle of the street when he was run down and dragged about 35 feet on April 7. Officers tried to resuscitate him, but he could not be saved. As the state Attorney General investigated the crash, the officer driving the van was placed on modified duty without a shield or gun.