10-year-old girl in Brooklyn fatally struck by driver

Scene in Brooklyn where girl was struck and killed by driver
Wythe Avenue and Wallabout Street in Williamsburg.
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A 10-year-old girl died after being struck by a driver in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon.

Police said the girl, identified as Yitty Wertzberger, was found lying in the roadway with severe traumatic injuries to her body at Wallabout Street and Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg just before 2:45 p.m. on April 16.

Wertzberger was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital Center but was pronounced dead about an hour later.

A 62-year-old male motorist, Isaac Karczag, remained on the scene, police said, and he was later arrested and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to obey a traffic device, and failure to exercise due care.

Police say Karczag was driving westbound on Wallabout Street in a grey Buick with Florida license plates and was attempting to turn left onto Franklin Avenue, but did not see Wertzberger in the intersection and struck her.

The fatal collision took place just four blocks from where Assistant District Attorney Sarah Pitts was killed while cycling in 2020, City Council Member Lincoln Restler noted on X, adding “we need real street safety interventions and we need them now.”

Traffic collisions have claimed the lives of 70 New Yorkers so far this year, up 11% over the same period last year, according to NYPD statistics. Earlier this year, two people were killed in car crashes in Williamsburg within the span of 12 hours. 

With reporting by Kirstyn Brendlen

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