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2 elderly pedestrians killed in separate accidents in Brooklyn and Queens

Posted at 8:52 AM, Nov 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-09 08:51:55-05

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — Police say a 79-year-old man is dead after he was hit by a van as he crossed a street in Queens.

Edmund Chou was struck as was crossing Hillside Avenue at 5:18 p.m. Saturday. He was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the driver of the van remained on the scene.

It was the second death of an elderly pedestrian in the city on Saturday. A 76-year-old woman was killed earlier in Brooklyn when a white BMW hit her while crossing North Conduit Avenue around 11:30 a.m.

The woman was taken to Brookdale Hospital where she was pronounced dead. Her name has not be released.

The deaths come the day after New York City’s new 25 mph speed limit went into effect.

The speed limit was lowered from 30 mph in an effort to reduce the number of traffic deaths.

Police say both of Saturday’s victims were crossing outside of the crosswalk.