Update: WNYC reports that the pedestrian killed at Atlantic Avenue and 85th Street has been identified as William Guevara-Delgado, 26, of Woodhaven.
Two pedestrians have been killed by motorists on Atlantic Avenue in the last week. Both crashes were outside the new 25 mph zone on Atlantic, and both occurred in a precinct that tickets one driver for speeding every two days.
On Wednesday, April 23, an unidentified man was hit by the driver of a box truck at Atlantic and 85th Street at around 3:40 in the afternoon. According to NYPD, the 53-year-old driver was traveling westbound on Atlantic and the victim was crossing north to south. The victim was wearing jeans only, NYPD told Streetsblog, and was not carrying identification. Police have not yet determined his identity. The Collision Investigation Squad was summoned to the scene and the investigation is ongoing, NYPD said. The department’s public information office did not have details on driver speed or who had the right of way.
On Saturday night, Oscar Pauzhi, 54, was fatally struck by the driver of a Hyundai sedan at Atlantic at 107th Street. The Times Ledger reports:
The driver remained at the scene and was not charged with any wrongdoing, police said. No criminality was suspected, but the NYPD said the incident was still under investigation.
Pauzhi, who was a construction worker, immigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. in 1985 to find work, relatives said.
Family remembered Pauzhi as a hardworking and generous man who did not have time for hobbies as he was often laboring.
“He was really friendly and funny,” said Jamie Minchala, Pauzhi’s niece. “He always cared about us a lot.”
Reports say Pauzhi walked into the driver’s path, but though reckless motorists make Atlantic Avenue one of the most dangerous streets in the city to walk or bike, no accounts that we’ve seen question how the driver failed to see or avoid striking the victim. However, WNYC spoke with a local who said motorists terrorize pedestrians in the area where Pauzhi was killed. “When I cross Atlantic Avenue I make the sign of the cross and pray that I get to the other side,” said Jonathan Kazzier. “A lot of people respect Atlantic Avenue enough not to jaywalk.”
“Every night I wake up to speeding cars, motorcycles,” Kazzier said. “I mean they run rapid. And there’s no police. I don’t know what’s going on. Maybe they’re taking care of other business.”