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63-Year-Old Pedestrian Struck Dead by Car That Blew Through Stop Sign in Ridgewood

Gates Avenue and Onderdonk Avenue (Google Maps)

Dec. 16, 2019 By Allie Griffin

A 63-year-old man died Friday, two days after a 21-year-old driver blew through a stop sign and struck him as he was crossing a Ridgewood street.

Kwok Cheung, of Manhattan’s Chinatown, was crossing within the crosswalk on Gates Avenue from north to south on the west side of Onderdonk Avenue when he was hit by a 2007 BMW X5 SUV at around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, police said.

The BMW’s operator, Raymond Mersier, was traveling southbound on Onderdonk Avenue and ran through the stop sign at Gates Avenue as he turned right onto Gates Avenue. He struck Cheung, knocking him to the ground, police said.

The NYPD responded to a 911 call of the collision and found Cheung lying on the roadway with severe head trauma. EMS rushed him to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he died on Friday.

Mersier, of Gravesend, Brooklyn, remained at the scene of the crash and was taken into police custody. He was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian/bicyclist, failure to use due care – causing serious injury–and failure to stop at a stop sign. He was also written up for two equipment violations–windshield tinting and safety glass.

 

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Concerned Resident

There have been 12 recorded injuries at this intersection since 2009. I submitted a request for a new traffic signal here, and was told it didn’t meet requirements. Go to Vision Zero View to see injuries and deaths by intersection. Log complaints yourself to the DOT and send your comments to Queens CB5 and to the Queens Borough Commissioner.

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Anonymous

Every time I walk outside around Ridgewood I almost get hit by so many cars not looking at/caring about stop signs!

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Vision Zero is a joke!

Sorry to hear this ! We are still waiting for the so called politicians in Dist # 30 / CB# 5 to do something on 73 pl . One death and a young women severely injured and still nothing is done .
Yet they were they when the camera’s were rolling .

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