An 8-year-old boy known as the "little professor" was struck and killed by a mail truck Saturday while biking on Boerum Place/ Adams Street with his father, a college professor. A memorial with flowers, a little Teddy Bear and messages of condolence has appeared at the corner of Boerum Place and Livingston Street, attached to a sign behind a mailbox.
According to the Brooklyn Heights Blog and the Daily News, little Alexander Toulouse, who attended P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, was riding just a few feet behind his dad when the Postal Service truck hit him while making a right onto Livingston Street (shown above) about 2:15 p.m. Saturday.
The driver of the mail truck "appeared devastated," according to the News.
On the map shown here, the blue dots represent pedestrian injuries and the red bicyclist injuries. (Illustrations of walking men represent pedestrian deaths; bicycles show bicyclist deaths.) The stats show an unusually large number of both pedestrian and bicyclist injuries at the intersection and several of the surrounding intersections, and a pedestrian death just short distance from the intersection.
The bike lane that runs along Boerum Place/ Adams Street has always been totally disregarded by the cars and trucks that barrel along the street.
UPDATE: The Brooklyn Eagle reports on a virtual barrage of pedestrian carnage in the Downtown Brooklyn area: "Shockingly, statistics compiled and mapped by Transportation Alternatives . . . show that motor vehicles struck 39 people -- 28 pedestrians and 11 bicyclists -- at the very intersection where Alexander was killed, in the 10-year period from 1995 to 2005." More here.
Photos by MK Metz