First, let’s just say that it shouldn’t take a tragedy of this magnitude to get drivers to slow down in Brooklyn, but we also acknowledge that Vision Zero (and the way its been shown to change a city’s driving psyche) is a long way off.
Last night, around 6:40 p.m., the driver of a Nissan crashed headalong into a BMW in Mill Basin. The driver and passenger of the Nissan were killed while the pair in the BMW are expected to recover from their minor injuries. The accident has sparked a two-day crackdown on speeding throughout the city that started today at midnight.
According to DNAinfo, the crash occurred outside Kings Plaza at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U. 20-year-old Philbert Martin Williams was driving with 18-year-old Christina Wipper, most likely speeding, when Williams crashed into a left-turning BMW that had right of way. Post-crash, Williams’ car made impact with a telephone pole, nearly tearing in half.
In response to the accident, the NYPD has launched a “48-Hour Speeding Enforcement Initiative,” which coincides with last week’s crackdown on distracted driving. The initiative will run through midnight on Thursday.
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