Our deadly streets: Three killed in separate collisions in Brooklyn and Manhattan

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As the city deals with a dramatic increase in street deaths this year, three more were added to the grim body count in separate collisions on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

One of the incidents involved a 69-year-old woman who was fatally struck by a driver at the corner of East 12th Street and Avenue M in the Midwood section of Brooklyn at about 5:24 p.m. on Nov. 24. Cops wound up arresting the motorist for multiple traffic infractions.

Law enforcement sources sad the victim, Bella Wolman, lived just a few steps away from the intersection. Wolman was walking northbound across Avenue M in the marked crosswalk when Gittie Klein, 65, of East 27th Street in Midwood, approached inside her black 2020 Mercedes Benz S-450 sedan.

Cops said Klein was operating the vehicle westbound on Avenue M and allegedly attempted to make a U-turn when she struck Wolman in the marked crosswalk. Klein stopped her vehicle and remained at the scene following the collision.

Officers from the 70th Precinct and EMS units responded to the incident. Upon arriving at the scene, EMS units found Wolman lying on the street with severe body trauma. 

Paramedics rushed her to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Following questioning, Klein was booked on charges of failing to yield to a pedestrian, violating a red light, failure to exercise due care and making an illegal U-turn.

Later on Tuesday night, a 40-year-old man died after the motorcycle he operated crashed with an SUV along the FDR Drive in Midtown.

Authorities said the deadly collision occurred at 11:01 p.m. on Nov. 24 along the southbound lanes of the FDR Drive near East 36th Street.

According to investigators, the victim — Adonis Hill of Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn — was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the left lane when he was struck by a 25-year-old woman behind the wheel of a 2020 Honda HR-V. 

The impact of the collision, police reported, caused Hill to be hurtled off his motorcycle to the pavement. The woman also lost control of the SUV, which struck the median and overturned.

Officers from the NYPD Highway Patrol and the 17th Precinct responded to the crash along with EMS units. Paramedics rushed both victims to nearby Bellevue Hospital; the woman was listed in stable condition, but Hill was pronounced dead.

No charges have been filed at this time as the investigation continues.

Finally, an apparently freak collision sparked by a blown tire in Williamsburg, Brooklyn early on Wednesday morning triggered a three-vehicle collision that left a man dead.

Cops said the incident happened at about 1:10 a.m. on Nov. 25 along Grand Street near Manhattan Avenue.

According to law enforcement sources, a 30-year-old man was driving westbound along Grand Street inside his white BMW X7 SUV when the right rear tire suddenly blew out.

The burst caused the driver to lose control of the SUV, police said, and he veered into oncoming traffic — striking a black Honda Odyssey, driven by Alexander Ulloa-Toribio, 26, head-on. The collision then sent Toribio’s vehicle careening into a nearby tree.

The out-of-control SUV then struck a third vehicle, a red Honda Element operated by a 34-year-old man, before finally coming to a stop, authorities said.

Officers from the 90th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. Toribio, who lived on Montrose Avenue in East Williamsburg, was found unconscious and unresponsive, with severe body trauma, inside the Honda Odyssey. Paramedics rushed him to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The BMW driver, and his 30-year-old passenger, were treated at Bellevue Hospital for minor injuries. The Honda Element driver refused medical attention at the scene.

No charges have been filed in the case.

All three incidents are being examined by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad.

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