Police say a 14-year-old boy was struck and killed by a BMW Monday morning as he crossed a Brooklyn street near an intersection that neighbors say is notorious for accidents.
The teenager was taken to the hospital in critical condition after being hit by the car near Hicks and Lorraine streets in Red Hook around 7 a.m., police said. He died a short time later.
Witnesses said the force of the impact flung the boy up in the air and over a fence. One woman said the noise was so loud she thought two cars had collided.
The driver of the BMW, along with a passenger, stayed at the scene. No criminality is suspected.
People familiar with the intersection where the boy was hit say it's a dangerous corner and multiple speed-related accidents have happened there. Edward Ulsalston, a 30-year resident of the neighborhood, said he's witnessed many of those crashes.
"They need a light, speed bump, they need something on this corner because this is dangerous right here," Ulsalston said.
Ruben Ortiz, who was walking to the bus with his children when the boy was hit, is also aware of the number of accidents at that specific corner.
"In summer it comes out worse -- motorcycles and everything," Ortiz said. "It's a common thing to some people until someone gets hurt, but this is one too many."