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Car Strikes, Kills 12-Year-Old Boy in Park Slope

Child dies after being hit by a van at Park Slope West.

A 12-year-old boy was hit and killed by a car at Prospect Park West and 3rd Street Tuesday, Police have confirmed.

Investigators say that the child ran into Prospect Park West from the east side when he was struck by a white 2006 Chevrolet van heading southbound on Prospect Park West at 5:15 p.m. The boy, who police identified as Samuel Cohen-Eckstein, was brought to Methodist Hospital by EMS. He was pronounced DOA. 

Cohen-Eckstein reportedly lived in a building near the accident at Prospect Park West. The driver remained at the scene, police said, and there were no arrests or summons issued. The investigation is ongoing.  

Jim October 10, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Ladydi - it takes a particularly crass and disgusting person to use the tragic death of a 12 year old to promote their own narrow and unrelated issue. Our thoughts should be with this boy's family and friends.
Peter Shelsky October 10, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Simply heartbreaking. That could have been any one of our children. I simply cannot fathom. My sympathies and deepest condolences to this family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Ladydi69126 October 11, 2013 at 01:43 PM
This is truly heartbreaking for the family i am not unfeeling its just an observation. This will happen again unfortunatley, I keep my kids away from that park the cyclists are just as bad as the cars
Lisel burns October 12, 2013 at 08:14 AM
When I know it rains Now it rains for this little fellow, who like all the children All over earth community only Run for a ball And Something terrible Happens. Now it rains also for the van driver Maybe also a parent Whose life will now forever ever hold a Terrible accident. it is for them A life blow that blames no one but is forever, Forever for everyone involved or knowing those who care. Silence lady di. Please let the rain fall without partisanship today. That moment by the park is now forever, enough to bear without the debasement of our culture making noise. Shh. please.
susan.pinsky October 22, 2013 at 09:27 AM
The truth is we are all here and for the most part we co-exist pretty peacefully. We are a pedestrian city that co-habitates with cars, cyclists and children running after balls. Accidents happen, they always have and they always will and unfortunate or not they are an integral part of humanity. That said perhaps it is time, especially with the increase of our Brooklyn population, to start to change some of the rules regarding things like speed limits. It has become too dangerous for cars to be moving above 20 miles an hour in such a highly pedestrian condensed area. I believe the bike laws do need some work, but bikes are one of the solutions to this problems not the cause. My heart goes out to the family and friends of this young boy. My they find peace and healing in the support of this great community.

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