Two Brooklyn Center Vehicle-Pedestrian Crashes, One Turns Fatal
Brooklyn Center police are asking motorists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant after two vehicle-pedestrian crashes. One of those cases turned fatal.
“Two accidents within a half hour, that is not what we consider a good day here in Brooklyn Center,” said Brooklyn Center Patrol Sergeant Corinne Becker.
The first accident happened Tuesday shortly before 6 p.m. at 55th and Brooklyn Boulevard.
“It was pretty painful,” said victim Tommy Sar. “Not only did you run me over, but you did not stop to make sure I was okay.”
Sar says he had the light to cross so he rolled out into the street in his wheelchair when was hit by a tow truck driver. He has no broken bones, but suffered a big gash on his knee.
While Sar’s injuries are manageable, the incident impacted his ability to live independently. Sar has muscular dystrophy and his hurt knee is the one he uses the most.
“So I have to rely on assistance,” said Sar about his hurt knee.
Investigators think they found the driver responsible for hitting Sar. It’s unclear yet what charges the driver might face.
2nd Pedestrian Struck Dies From Injuries
About 40 minutes after Sar was hit, police were called to the 3900 block of Bass Lake Road, where a woman had been struck. Yellow markings in the street are a reminder of the crash. The victim later died at the hospital. Her identity has not been released.
Police say the motorist is cooperating and alcohol doesn’t seem to be a factor. But investigators continue to look further into the accident. Meanwhile, officials are encouraging motorists and pedestrians to be extra careful, especially at busy intersections.
“It’s best to slow down, these things happen all the time,” said Becker. “I think people believe it can’t happen to them.”