Elderly Woman Killed Crossing 72nd Street

Source: Google Maps
Source: Google Maps

A 79-year-old woman was killed around 9 p.m. last night when she was struck by a car while trying to cross the street.

According to a report by Gothamist, King Fong was killed crossing west on Bay Parkway near 72nd Street in Bensonhurst. Police believe that Fong did not have the right of way while crossing. The driver, who stayed at the scene, is not expected to be charged, though an investigation is ongoing.

Last week, on Sheepshead Bites, we posted a report citing that pedestrian seniors are disproportionately being killed in traffic accidents in the Tri-State area. For Brooklyn specifically, 51 seniors died in accidents between 2009-2011. That breaks down to a fatality rate of 4.05 per 100,000 seniors, making the area the eighth most dangerous spot for seniors in the entire Tri-State area.

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