[UPDATE BELOW] A young woman is hospitalized after being struck by a driver while crossing Atlantic Avenue at Washington Avenue in Clinton Hill this morning. And though authorities say her injuries are non life-threatening, locals say this is just one of many troubling collisions on a dangerous intersection that they've long been petitioning the city to address.

According to the FDNY, the victim was struck by a driver at around 8:18 this morning. She was transported to Kings County Hospital in serious, but non-life threatening condition. She has not been identified by name or by age.

A witness at the scene told us the woman had been crossing Atlantic Avenue with a group of people as the light was about to change, and the driver of the car who struck her sped up into the intersection when he saw them crossing. "There were a bunch of us crossing at Washington and Atlantic, and when we approached the intersection, I remember seeing about 7 seconds left on the crosswalk sign," Eric Street, who lives in the neighborhood, told us. "We all start running. We're in the crosswalk running across the street, and he just accelerated. There was this young lady in front of me and a young lady to the right of me, he just hit the lady in front of me. She hit the windshield and hit the pavement. To me, it was just like he was accelerating to tell us to get out of the way."

Street, who called 911, says the driver stayed at the scene. He also says cops arrived after about ten minutes and took down statements and information, though another bystander told us cops took no witness statements. The driver was ticketed, but drove off without being criminally charged.

The intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Washington Avenue is considered one of the more dangerous in the city, and the Department of Transportation mandated a 25-mile-per-hour slowdown along a long stretch of Atlantic Avenue in April, before the whole city was afforded a slower speed limit. Street told us that people have been complaining about the intersection "for a long time."

One area resident who wishes to remain anonymous stumbled upon the collision today while walking his children to school—he told us that since the intersection reopened in July 2013, there have been about 70 crashes and 25 injured pedestrians at the site. "Before they reopened the intersection, a bunch of neighbors signed a petition asking [the DOT] to fix it," he said. "Since then, we've been calling and trying to get some kind of safety improvements."

The DOT proposed some safety improvements [pdf] to the Washington Avenue corridor back in 2011. Signs posted near the intersection's crosswalks suggest concerned pedestrians contact the city if they "fear for [their] safety when crossing." A DOT spokesperson tells us in a statement, "DOT has been in touch continuously with members of the community regarding the intersection of Washington and Atlantic Avenues. DOT is currently working on engineering changes at that intersection which we look forward to presenting to Community Boards 2 and 8 in the near future. We also plan to provide safety education outreach at the intersection."

But some residents say the DOT isn't moving fast enough. John Longo, owner of local restaurant Dean Street, was struck by a driver while crossing Atlantic Avenue at Washington Avenue in December 2013. He broke his neck in three places, had spinal fusion surgery, wore a neck brace for 13 weeks and went to physical therapy for three months. "I didn't know it was going to happen to me, but I knew I was going to see it," Longo said. "It's a treacherous intersection." He told us that at a meeting with the DOT, community board, police department and area residents, the DOT proposed a number of changes set to take place within the next five years, including adding a left turn arrow to the intersection and building curb extensions.

These changes aren't expected to take place for at least six months, Longo says, adding that they don't address the intersection's biggest issue. "There's not enough time to cross the street," Longo told us. "When you have the walk guy, it's literally 5 seconds. Then, on top of that, they give you 25 seconds of flashing, a total of 30 seconds to get across six-lane highway. I'm in my forties, I'm in pretty good shape and I never get across the six lanes in the allotted time."

When residents brought up the light issue at the meeting last month, Longo says the DOT reportedly. "They were basically saying they'd have to bring the issue to signal engineers, city workers who are paid to be really smart about traffic lights and how to change them. They hire these people full time to look issues like this, and they treated our request as if we were asking for something so out of line, it would take more time, be more impossible than putting in concrete barriers and extension to the curbs," Longo said. "It shouldn't take ten years to get five seconds added to the time you have to get across the street."

Hilda Cohen, founder of the group Make Brooklyn Safer, tells us that the intersection "has always been a huge area of concern." The group creates interactive maps Brooklyn residents can use to post complaints about street safety at specific intersections, and a number of posters have commented on the Washington Avenue corridor. "A left turn signal is needed here, because when I cross with the light, I have to fight to get across the second half of Atlantic after the median, because the left turning traffic comes quickly and does not yield," one poster wrote about 10 months ago.

The driver in today's collision was ticketed, but drove off without being criminally charged, according to Street. The 88th Precinct, where the pedestrian was struck, had some of the fewest summonses issued for speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians in the borough, according to NYPD data.

Update 11/22: A witness who wishes to remain anonymous told us the following regarding yesterday's struck pedestrian:

I was in the group of people crossing Atlantic with this woman today. I was carrying my two-year-old daughter and I must’ve been just ahead of the other witness in your story, Street, because it really seemed to me like the driver waited for my daughter and I to pass and then floored it right behind us. I hadn’t even left the crosswalk when I heard a very loud thud, and turned around to see the woman flying off of his hood. There is absolutely no way that a child would have survived this high-speed hit.

It is true that the cops on scene did not take witness statements—only the driver’s. They took down names and phone numbers of witnesses and said that an investigating cop would likely call us later. When I called the precinct later to follow up and try to give my statement I was told that drivers in these types of accidents are not charged unless they flee the scene or kill someone. I was told that Insurance is the only purpose for witness statements in these types of incidents.