17-year-old pedestrian killed by drunk driver

by William Mattar | December 19th, 2011

December 19, 2011

A high school senior died after he was struck by a drunk driver while standing on a Brooklyn street divider on Friday around 9:40 p.m., reports the New York Daily News.

The 17-year-old man was standing on a Cropsey Avenue traffic island at Bay 37th street in Gravesend when a 2000 Dodge minivan jumped the curb and struck him.

The young man, who lived with his parents just a block away, was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where he later died.

“He was a senior, a top student at Stuyvesant,” said his father. “He wanted to study environmental science. He believed he could make a difference. His message was always work hard, always be generous.”

The father said that his son was returning home from his school’s Board Game Society, of which he was the president.

“He stayed late on Fridays to be with his friends,” the grieving father said. “That was his fun night.”

The young man had won scholarships to a handful of colleges, including a four-year merit scholarship to Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, his parents said.

The 46-year-old van driver came to a stop after he ran the van into a light pole. He was cuffed at the scene and later charged with vehicular manslaughter, DWI, and speeding.

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