Canarsie Resident Killed Crossing Flatlands Ave

Looking east on Flatlands Ave towards E 85th Street. Mr. Diaz was struck while standing between the lanes, waiting for traffic to subside (Screenshot via Google Maps)

CANARSIE – A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing Flatlands Avenue in Canarsie last month, succumbing to his injuries a week later.

Police responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian hit around 6:30 am on Wednesday, November 22. Arriving to the scene at Flatlands Avenue between East 84th and 85th Streets, officers found Alan William Diaz, 63, lying on the road with severe head trauma, said police.

EMS transported Diaz, a nearby resident, to Brookdale Hospital, where he stayed until he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on Thursday, November 30.

An investigation by the Highway Collision Squad revealed Mr. Diaz was attempting to cross Flatlands Avenue mid-block, and having it made it halfway, was waiting on the yellow traffic markings between the east and westbound lanes, looking for a break in traffic, said police. Standing between lanes, Diaz was struck by 2014 BMW 428i sedan as its 25-year old driver attempted to overtake another vehicle on the left.

There have been no arrests yet, and the investigation is ongoing.

This is the second senior pedestrian killed in a matter of weeks while attempting to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk—a 74-year old Gravesend woman was killed November 25.

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Paul Stremple

Paul was a staff reporter at Bklyner, responsible for covering Northern and Eastern parts of Brooklyn between August 2017 and January 2019.


  1. This highlights the problem with Vision Zero – it places all the responsibility for pedestrian safety on the motorist and nothing on the pedestrian, who is perceived to be the victim of the “evil automobile.” Until Vision Zero starts to include an educational, consciousness-raising program for pedestrians, coupled with jay-walking enforcement (in Los Angeles, the fine for jaywalking is $250), these terrible incidents will continue.

  2. It’s just plain stuu your life. It’dpid to try and cross outside of the safety zones and that minute that you might save may cost you your life. It’s not worth it.

  3. Are you joking Fred? The problem here was not that the guy was standing on the yellow markings between lanes, it was with some moron driving recklessly by overtaking unsafely. Also, the speed limit in this city is 25mph. In collisions at 25mph, injuries are of course expected but they are very rarely fatal. For every increase in 5mph, the fatality rate increases exponentially. At 40-50mph, most people die. I have no doubt whatsoever that this bozo was speeding, and that is why the victim received injuries severe enough to succumb to. There is a very good reason for the 25mph limit in this city, and anyone who causes fatal injuries through speeding should be jailed.

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