Bklyn man arrested in connection with pedestrian fatality in Flushing

By Madina Toure

A Brooklyn man was arrested and charged after he fatally struck a 57-year-old man in Flushing Tuesday morning, according to the NYPD.

Ramon Ortiz, 55, was arrested and charged with failure to yield right of way and failure to exercise due caution, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Ortiz was issued a desk appearance ticket so he will not be in arraignment court, the spokeswoman said.

At about 8:57 a.m., police responded to a 911 call for a pedestrian struck at the intersection of 35th Avenue and Prince Street, police said.

Upon arrival, officers discovered a man lying on the pavement with severe trauma to the body, policed continued.

EMS arrived and transported the victim to NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Ortiz, who was driving a 2009 Ford Suburban, was traveling southbound on Prince Street and made a left turn onto 35th Avenue when he struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk traveling northbound on Prince Street crossing 35th Avenue south to north, police said.

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