Pedestrian Struck, Killed on Atlantic Avenue Sunday Night

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and multiple news outlets have reported a pedestrian was struck and killed at about 10:00 pm Sunday evening on Atlantic Avenue near Clinton Street in Brooklyn Heights. Katherine Harris, a 31-year-old originally from Hyde Park, NY had the right of way when a Volvo traveling west at a high rate of speed ran the red light, striking her mid-crosswalk. The Volvo then hit another car causing both of them to crash into a restaurant dining shed. Ms. Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Per the Brooklyn Paper, the driver, 27-year-old Erick Taxilaga Trujillo was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He has been charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, driving while ability impaired, and refusal to take a breath test.

City Council Member Lincoln Restler who has previously called for more pedestrian safety measures on Atlantic Avenue tweeted his condolences, “Another tragic, avoidable death on Atlantic Avenue between Henry & Clinton. I am so horribly sorry about this unnecessary loss of life. Traffic calming & safety improvements on Atlantic are a top priority. We are committed to working with neighbors and DOT to make it happen.”

Photo Credit: Creative Commons/Joe Shlabotnik


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  • Victoria

    Oh you totally misunderstand me I’m not angry at Councilman Restler just angry at the situation. Also, I seriously hope you’re not a betting human being because as of yesterday after speaking to the victims mom, I know the councilman has not reached out.

  • Effective Presenter

    Katie’s mom, we are so sad, we know that this accident the death of Katie will NEVER go away your life has changed forever.

    At times the words “blame” and fault” are useless accidents do happen.

    Drunk driving laws were stepped up in the 1980s

    Today we have a new problem that is the legalized Marijuana.

    The recent legalized Marijuana has NO type of test like a breathalyzer, we are not certain if there is a “limit ” on how high a driver can be like alcohol?

    Our prayers are with you

  • Effective Presenter

    Drunk or otherwise impaired drivers continue to speed and drive recklessly.

    We live in a world where everyone can do anything they want including shoplifting, sucker-punching, etc with NO consequences.

    A police officer had been told by a reckless driver: “How dare you tell me to stop at a red light?”

    Law and order are no longer respected.

    Bail, jail, prison, fines $$$, could only help.

  • Andrew Porter

    Article in The New York Times, “When a Walkable City Becomes a Death Trap,” includes the following:

    “Fifteen traffic deaths were logged in the first 24 days, one of them having occurred on a notorious stretch of Atlantic Avenue… On April 16, a 31-year-old woman, Katherine Harris, was crossing Atlantic at Clinton Street, where she had the right of way, when she was struck and killed by a speeding 27-year-old driver, who was charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, driving while impaired and refusing to take a breathalyzer.”

    Here’s the link (though behind a paywall):