Red Hook Man Killed In City’s Second Hit-And-Run Fatality In 24 Hours


A Brooklyn man was killed by a driver in Pink Hook on Wednesday night time — the second hit-and-run fatality within the borough in lower than 24 hours.

Police mentioned Imorne Horton, a 31-year-old resident of the Pink Hook Homes, was found mendacity on the street at Hamilton Avenue and Courtroom Road, a heavily-trafficked multi-lane roadway underneath the elevated Gowanus Expressway. He was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital simply earlier than 7 p.m., and he was pronounced lifeless on Thursday night.

Associates of Horton’s advised the Every day Information that Horton was a particular wants man who grew up within the NYCHA constructing.

“He was such an excellent neighbor, such an important particular person, by no means bothered anybody,” his former babysitter, Dira Novoa, advised the outlet. “At all times good issues to say about him. At all times joking, at all times saying hello.”

In response to a preliminary investigation by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad, Horton was standing in a visitors lane close to the crosswalk when he was struck by a motorist driving west on Hamilton. The motorist didn’t cease, and had not been arrested as of Thursday afternoon.

The tragedy marks the sixteenth dying of a pedestrian or bike owner on metropolis streets this 12 months. 9 of these fatalities have concerned hit-and-run drivers, in response to Transportation Options.

Hours earlier than Horton’s dying, 6-year-old Shimon Fried was killed by the driving force of a college bus in South Williamsburg. The bus driver didn’t cease — however was subsequently pulled over by NYPD officers at a separate location. A spokesperson for the division didn’t say whether or not the driving force confronted fees in that incident.

The 2 deaths come because the NYPD is going through renewed scrutiny for his or her enforcement towards reckless drivers, after visitors deaths on metropolis streets elevated for the second straight 12 months in 2020. Citing the division’s failure to correctly examine lethal drivers, members of the Metropolis Council are pushing for crash investigations to be faraway from the division’s purview and transferred to the Division of Transportation.

At a listening to on Wednesday, a consultant for the NYPD mentioned that greater than 13,000 New Yorkers had been injured in hit-and-runs over the past two years — however mentioned the division did not have figures about what number of arrests had been made in these instances.

In response to an evaluation by Transportation Options, hit-and-run crashes resulted in arrests in simply 0.89% of instances final 12 months.

“Each New Yorker misplaced to visitors violence is a tragedy. And, the rising variety of hit-and-runs means that our mayor is shedding management over his streets to reckless drivers,” Transportation Options Government Director Danny Harris mentioned on Wednesday. “That is compounded by the NYPD’s abysmal document of fixing these crimes, making arrests in lower than one p.c of deadly hit-and-runs. The established order is just not working.”