Fort Greene woman killed after driver collides with parked car in Flatlands

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An elderly motorist smashed into a parked car and sent it flying into another senior walking on Utica Avenue on March 15, killing her.

The 71-year-old man was driving his Cadillac sedan in reverse down Utica Avenue near Avenue L when he struck a parked Chevrolet Equinox around 9:28 pm, which hit 75-year-old Lucille Raphael, according to police, who said the driver then crashed into another parked vehicle.

Cops found Raphael, a Fort Greene resident, with injuries to her leg and paramedics rushed her to Kings County Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead the next day after suffering heart failure, authorities said.

“She suffered some sort of cardiac arrest while being treated at Kings County after the collision,” said a police spokesman, citing information from the medical examiner.

The driver, who cops said wasn’t injured in the crash, claimed an issue with his car’s gas pedal caused him to plow into the parked vehicles, according to police.

“The operator said his gas pedal was stuck, the vehicle malfunctioned. He backed up, struck vehicle two, which hit the pedestrian,” the spokesman said, referring to the Chevrolet as “vehicle two.”

No arrests have been made nor charges filed against the driver, according to authorities, who said they are still investigating the incident.

Reach reporter Adam Lucente at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow him on Twitter @Adam_Lucente.
Updated 5:47 pm, July 9, 2018
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Death from Above says:
Good grief! Enough with these self entitled idiots behind the wheel.
March 23, 2018, 8:30 am
Paco from Prospect Lefferts Gardens says:
Many times a drivers claims vehicle malfunction but it is actually human error. Not intentional perhaps, but still avoidable. There is a police camera on the SE corner of this intersection. Hoping Police cull that video and bring justice to this tragedy.
March 23, 2018, 9:42 am

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