Pedestrian Struck On Ocean Parkway At Church Ave

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Crash on Ocean Parkway

Traffic is snarled this morning on Ocean Parkway at Church Avenue, right where Ocean turns into the Prospect Expressway, as this photo from neighbor Amber shows. Sadly, it sounds as though a woman was struck and killed in the intersection:

A spokesman for the FDNY confirms that they received a call at about 9:40am. They say a woman was hit by a vehicle, and pronounced dead at the scene. They were unable to provide her age or identity.

UPDATE 1:50pm: The NYPD has identified the victim as 73-year-old Ngozi Agbim of Buckingham Road in Ditmas Park.

Police say that the preliminary investigation shows she was walking eastbound on Church Avenue in an attempt to cross at the Ocean/Prospect Expressway intersection, when a tractor trailer travelling westbound on Church attempted to make a right turn onto the Prospect, striking her. The driver remained on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

Ngozi worked for 33 years at the LaGuardia Community College library, retiring in 2005. We’re hoping to share any memories neighbors may have of her — you’re welcome to leave your thoughts in the comments at the end of this post, or feel free to contact us at editor@kensingtonbk.com.

We will update as we learn more. Our thoughts go out to the Ngozi’s family and friends.

  • Moira

    Although all 4 crosswalks are dangerous at Ocean and Church, I wish pedestrians weren’t allowed to cross on the Prospect expressway side. The light is not that long and those cars are always gunning to beat the traffic on the left hand turn. Thoughts and prayers to the family of the woman…

    • Judy

      Agreed! No one should be allowed to cross on the north side where the traffic is turning into the expressway, it’s like Russian Roulette. So sad that someone was killed that way!

  • Amber

    There are multiple No Turn signs for vehicles, which are all ignored. This intersection needs to be rethought. And I agree, pedestrians should only be allowed to cross on the side closest to Beverly. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Meema

    I’ve written to Brad Lander, Community Board 12 (bkcb12@gmail.com) and the DOT (http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/maildot.html) asking them to address this dangerous intersection. I hope others will do the same!

  • Betsy

    Didn’t we all vote a few years ago, as neighbors, to direct allocated funds to address the dangers of this intersection? Why has nothing been done since that vote?

  • Lee

    I called Brad Lander’s office and they are actually trying to meet today with the city and state to get them to come to a faster resolution about what should be done and how soon ( yes, the project to improve pedestrian safety was voted through during PB voting last year.)

    They are counting calls and will report to the city and state how many folks want immediate change to this intersection –so everybody should call Brad Lander’s office now and add to the numbers! Call TODAY when it will matter the most! 718-499-1090

    Unfortunately, immediately was too late for our neighbor Ngozi but maybe not for the next victim.

    Thoughts and condolences to her family and loved ones.

  • sam

    The driver should be prosecuted for negligent homicide. Blaming the city or the victim is only half the answer.

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