By Joy Bergmann
A 43-year-old woman died Monday after being struck by an SUV near West 93rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed to WSR. The crash occurred at about 11:51 a.m. and the victim was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Morningside [St. Luke’s] Hospital; the 45-year-old male driver remained at the scene, NYPD said.
The driver was turning left onto 93rd Street from Amsterdam when he hit the woman, 24th Precinct commanding officer Deputy Inspector Naoki Yaguchi told WSR at the scene.
A gray jacket left behind seemed to indicate the victim was in or near the crosswalk when the impact occurred.
Officials are now retrieving video from the scene and the NYPD Highway Division is investigating. There was some conjecture at the scene about whether the woman was standing before being struck.
We will update this post if we learn more.
UPDATE 1-25-22 10:15 a.m.: NYPD officials have identified the victim as Beatriz Diaz, giving her address as 681 Clarkson Avenue in Brooklyn, the location of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center. The Daily News has reported police sources describing, “the woman as homeless, and said she was known to lie down in the street. Witnesses saw her lie down right before the van hit her, the sources said.”