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74-Year-Old Man Dies a Week After Being Struck by a Car, NYPD Says

By Rachel Holliday Smith | October 2, 2017 2:55pm | Updated on October 3, 2017 11:31am

OCEAN HILL — A 74-year-old man died eight days after he was struck by a car while crossing Atlantic Avenue just three blocks from his home, police said Monday.

Clifton Martin, was crossing the avenue near Rockaway Boulevard about 5:23 a.m. Aug. 17 when a 45-year-old man in a Volkswagen Passat hit him, NYPD officials said.

Martin was pronounced dead at Interfaith Medical Center eight days later, police said.

It wasn't immediately clear why police, who released Martin's name Monday, took so long to identify him. NYPD officials said they had to await for Medical Examiner paperwork, but a spokeswoman for that office said the paperwork had been sent shortly after Martin died.

Martin's exact cause and manner of death is pending further study by the Medical Examiner, the spokeswoman said.

The 74-year-old lived less than three blocks from where he was hit, according to the NYPD.

The driver stayed on the scene of the crash and was not immediately arrested, police said Monday. The police department determined there was no criminality in the crash, an NYPD spokesman said.

Martin was hit at the same intersection where an 81-year-old woman was fatally struck in March and another person was fatally struck last year, Vision Zero data shows.

According to the city’s crash data, 15 pedestrians were injured by drivers at that intersection between 2009 and 2015.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the crash occurred at the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Atlantic Avenue. The crash took place at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard.