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.”
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