Yesterday, two pedestrian fatalities were noted on the Newsmap - one in Brooklyn and one in midtown Manhattan. The Brooklyn incident involved an elderly woman trying to cross 65th Street near 23rd Avenue at 11AM when she was hit by a van. Then around noon, Pedro Rodriguez, was crushed by a box truck's rear wheels on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Rodriguez, who worked as a housekeeper at the Algonquin Hotel down the street, seemed to stumble toward the truck. Police deemed both incidents accidents and no summons were issued.

The Daily News had a story about the two recent pedestrian deaths in Boerum Hill (one man was killed by a minivan that jumped a Hoyt Streeet curb in the middle of the day, the other was killed crossing near Bond and Nevins in the middle of the night) prompting residents and business owners to demand that the city improve pedestrian safety on their part of Atlantic Avenue. The Atlantic Avenue Betterment Association is asking for "staggered traffic lights, larger sidewalks at intersections and the removal of an unpopular parking restriction on the south side from 4p.m to 7 p.m."