A pedestrian was killed by a private sanitation truck driver in Brooklyn early Thursday morning, police said, making the second woman killed by a driver on Brooklyn streets in less than 24 hours.
The incident took place around 4 a.m. in Bensonhurst. According to police, the 64-year-old woman was struck in the intersection of Bay Parkway and 86th Street. The truck driver did not stay at the scene and it's unclear if the driver knew they hit someone. WCBS 2 reports that the woman was dragged down the street.
NYPD Deputy Chief Charles Scholl also told News 12, "We're confident we will determine what vehicle was involved. We're hoping the driver will come forward save us a little time and then we'll solve this."
This pedestrian fatally came hours after another woman was killed by a driver in Brooklyn. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, police responded to a 911 call about a woman who was struck at St. James Place and Lafayette Avenue in Clinton Hill, where they found Stephanie Curtiss, 67, unconscious and unresponsive with trauma about her body. Curtiss was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police say an 83-year-old man behind the wheel of a 1996 Ford SUV had been driving southbound on St. James Place when he struck Curtiss while turning left on Lafayette Avenue. Curtiss was crossing north on Lafayette; police sources told the NY Post that she was in the crosswalk when she was run over.
“The man kept going, and I had to go out into the street and flag the guy down,” witness Stewart Green told the tabloid. “I told him to stop. He didn’t seem to know he had hit somebody.”
The driver remained on the scene and has not been charged at this time.
Curtiss's home was half a block away.
According to the Department of Transportation, 46% of all fatal crashes involve drivers of large trucks and SUVs. The NYPD recently promised they would increase enforcement of truck drivers after truck drivers killed four pedestrians in a 48-hour period (two other pedestrians killed in that same period were struck by drivers behind the wheel of sedans).
Two pedestrians were killed last week, one by a Department of Sanitation truck driver and the other by a cement truck driver.
Additional reporting by Andy Mai