A Brooklyn man was fatally struck by a driver on a notoriously dangerous stretch of Flatbush Avenue early this morning.
Police said that Luis Garcia, 33, was crossing near Fourth Avenue at around 12:05 a.m. on Tuesday when he was run over by the driver of a Dodge Stratus.
Garcia suffered severe head trauma in the crash, and was transported to Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver remained on the scene and was not charged.
A preliminary investigation determined that the driver had the light at the time of the deadly collision, police said.
The crash occurred along a popular stretch of Flatbush Avenue, which is home to a new Apple Store and the Atlantic Terminal Mall, and not far from the Barclays Center. The road itself remains a busy six-lane corridor, with deadly consequences for the area's pedestrians.
As Streetsblog notes, in the one block radius around the site of Garcia's death, there were 387 crashes over the course of a year, injuring 13 cyclists, 14 pedestrians and 65 vehicle occupants.
Citywide, traffic fatalities have continued to rise above last year's totals. According to the Department of Transportation, there have been 81 pedestrians killed by drivers this year, an 11 percent jump from this time last year.