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Thursday, 21 May 2020
Pedestrian fatally struck by teen BMW driver in East Harlem crosswalk
Justin Batten, 29, was crossing Fifth Ave. at E. 97th St. when he was hit by the 2015 BMW, which was heading downtown, about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday.
A pedestrian crossing the street in East Harlem was fatally struck by a teenage BMW driver, police said Thursday.
Justin Batten, 29, was crossing Fifth Ave. at E. 97th St. when he was hit by the 2015 BMW, which was headed downtown, about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday.
Batten suffered severe head and body injuries. He was rushed by medics to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center but could not be saved.
Batten lived just a few blocks from where he was struck.
The 18-year-old BMW driver remained at the scene. He was questioned by cops and released without charges.
Speed does not appear to have been a factor but the incident is still being investigated, sources said.
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