Driver under arrest for accident that caused death of Brooklyn pedestrian


CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN – New York City police have arrested the driver believed to have been responsible for a crash that killed a pedestrian in Brooklyn on Sunday evening, the Daily News reports.

NYPD investigators said 26-year-old Jefferson Springer was driving a blue 2017 Chevy Silverado westbound in the area of Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue in the Crown Heights section at about 6:30 p.m.  According to police, Springer drove the pickup truck in the median on Eastern Parkway and collided with a man standing in the median.

The victim, identified as 56-year-old Walter Gonzalez, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The incident took place about two blocks away from Gonzalez’s home.

Springer, a resident of Brownsville, Brooklyn, remained at the scene of the accident.  He was subsequently arrested on multiple charges, including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, speeding and reckless driving.  Police also said he was driving the vehicle without a license.

The NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing to investigate the crash.

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