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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.  

Christine October 09, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Perhaps now the bike lane will be removed.
Rodolfo Roldan October 09, 2013 at 09:29 AM
Christine stop blaming the bike lane, thats just a stupid coment, the bike lane has nothing to do with the accident, believe me that people needs to be educated about bike lanes, sometimes people is so stupid that they look at the bike lane and walk in front of bicicles running... About this accident sadly I was there, I saw this boy running after his ball , I did not see him being hit but saw him a second before this happened, sad accident and believe me the bike lane has nothing to do with this accident, so stop blaming the bike lane and just be careful about it!
MFEnrique October 09, 2013 at 10:41 AM
I saw Auxiliary Police diverting traffic at Grand Army Plaza to Union St, last night from the B41 bus I was on. Regardless of the bike lane, there continues to be accidents from bikes/motor vehichles vs pedestrians along that stretch. My condolences for both parties.
John October 09, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Totally agree Ladydi69126..Twice in the past month I saw an elderly person struck by a speeding biker in the lane on PPW..Bikes belong in the park as they do not respect red lights and buzz right through them.
InTheDrops October 09, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Disgusting comments by Ladydi69126. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.
jarnow4 October 09, 2013 at 01:36 PM
This is truly heartbreaking! . But before we think about removing the bike lane, lets look at the stats for fatal and non-fatal accidents before and after the installation of the bike lane. Also, remember the accident was due to a van hitting the boy, not a bike. Is anyone suggesting removing motor vehicles from PPW?
Sarah Foster October 09, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Good grief. This has nothing to do with the bike lane. You people live in a city so you should LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE YOU CROSS THE STREET. Bike lanes would be less of a"hazard" if people would just pay more attention. Stop looking at phones and just look before you step off the curb into the street. I say this as both a cyclist and a pedestrian.
Howard Gintell October 09, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Sarah, your problem is that you suffer from being logical and rational. Maybe you and I are the only ones who were taught by their mothers "look both ways before crossing." In fact, with delivery guys riding electric bikes the wrong way on one way streets, it should now be required of anyone who wishes to continue living that they look ALL ways before crossing. As to the bike lane, once again you are confusing the issue with facts. The bike lane has slowed traffic and provided raised places to stand. But there is, in fact, a solution (this is for you jarnow): remove the bike lane and the pavement from the streets, ban all motorized vehicles, and only permit horses on Prospect Park West. A side benefit would be jobs for the luddites who hate the bike lanes: they can be employed to clean up the horse shit!
Nathaniel Lee October 09, 2013 at 03:52 PM
A truly inappropriate thread, leave it alone.
Nora Keane October 09, 2013 at 07:34 PM
This is an unbelievable tragedy for everyone in this neighborhood, and a family has been changed for ever. The bike lane should have slowed traffic down, but it hasn't. We need more measures in place to organize and slow traffic around here - particularly right next to the park. Kids will always play in parks, balls will always bounce and get away, and there is no indication that this driver was being reckless in any way. This may be one of those horrible things that fate or circumstances bring about, not people or bad street design. But we do need our kids to be safer near the streets where they live. Traffic is out of control.
brooklynmama73 October 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
This is indeed a tragic accident. But instead of blaming and flaming, how about leaning toward empathy and compassion? Consider the following: Sammy had lived on that corner since he was born. His parents were avid cyclists since way before it was cool. They rode their bikes to work in Manhattan before there were bike lanes, when it was so unusual to do so that there were articles written about them. Does anyone honestly think that those two people would not have taught their children that they ALWAYS need to watch for cars because cars don't always watch out for them? I'm pretty sure they did. One report from an eye witness said Sammy was wearing his soccer jersey and cleats. I've never been a soccer player, but from what I understand, cleats don't have much traction on asphalt. Could it be that it was just that Sammy ran for his ball, and before he even went out into the street, slipped (cleats) and fell into the street and was on the ground in front of the van before the driver could stop? In a split second? Could you imagine if you were the driver? Sammy might have been my child (my son has gone to school with him since Kindergarten). But I might have also been the one driving the car when a child slipped and fell flat on the street in front of me. Imagine living with that for the rest of your life. The fact is, any one of us could be on either side of this tragedy. Rather than blaming and flaming, how about hugging our children tight with gratitude that we were not involved in this. And keeping Sammy's family in your thoughts, that they might find comfort somewhere, somehow through this unspeakable grief and loss. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" (Plato or Ian Maclaren or Philo of Alexandria)
Howard Gintell October 09, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Thank you for bringing us back to earth and to our senses. This started with a tragic accident which then became fodder for an irrational attack on a piece of roadway. That is not how Sammy's parents would want him used or remembered. May the next child endangered be saved and hugged.
brooklynmama73 October 09, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Thank you Howard.
Neville Nagarwalla October 09, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Perhaps now the car lanes will be removed?
Rachel Jimenez October 10, 2013 at 08:10 AM
brooklynmama73, as I said on another website, thank you for your perfect and sane comment. You said it all just right. What a horrible tragedy. I teach several kids who went to school with and knew Sammy well. So sad they have to go through this and face the reality of how fragile life can be. I know I hugged my son extra tight last night.
Ladydi69126 October 10, 2013 at 08:44 AM
@Drops I really could care less if you thought it was disgusting Truth hurts eh? Since that bike lane went it there have been more incidents especially with bikers not yielding to pedestrians etc. All i am saying you people pushed for something far more dangerous Want to slow traffic down, how about speed bumps Put the bikes back in the park where they belong
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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