Ocean Parkway Named Most Dangerous Street for Pedestrians in Brooklyn


Look! on Ocean Parkway, by Antonio M Rosario

Ocean Parkway gets the title of most dangerous road in Brooklyn once again, according to a report released by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Their data looks at pedestrian fatalities over three years, and finds that two people were killed each year from 2009-2011, for a total of six deaths on that road. A total of 132 pedestrians were killed on Brooklyn streets over that three-year period.

According to their map, three of the Ocean Parkway deaths occurred in our area: a 51-year-old man was killed on June 7, 2011 at Beverley Road; a 68-year-old man was killed on July 15, 2009 near Ditmas Ave; and a 27-year-old woman was killed on November 2, 2010 at 18th Avenue.

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Ocean Pkwy was number one in this list last year as well. There have been two pedestrian deaths per year on the road going back to 2008; in 2007, there were three pedestrians killed.

Photo by Antonio M. Rosario

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  1. Gosh, what a surprise. Good ol’ Ocean Parkway, where years ago, around Ave. M, I hit an 80-year-old lady who was wandering across those 6 lanes against the light. I braked in time to just tap her, thank God, and she suffered only a hairline fracture, but I will never forget the surreal sight of a green light, an oblivious slow pedestrian, swerving cars, and the laws of physics playing out in front of my windshield. (As if my subsequent “no fault” insurance rates weren’t enough reminder.) Witnesses piled up to give me their phone numbers that there was nothing I could have done, and the cops arriving on the scene shook their heads: “Happens all the time, especially the seniors.” Moral: Don’t speed on Ocean Parkway! If I’d been gunning it like most other drivers, I’d have killed Mrs. Applebaum outright.


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