March 11, 2019 Laura Hanrahan
An 82-year-old Williamsburg man was killed over the weekend after he was struck by a van while crossing a street just one block from his home.
On March 9, at around 5:42 p.m., Evaristo Mercado was crossing in the marked crosswalk at the intersection of Bushwick Avenue at Maujer Street when he was hit by a northbound 2004 Ford van making a left turn onto Maujer Street, police said.
EMS responded to the scene and transported Mercado to Woodhull Hospital with trauma to his legs. At the hospital, he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the van, 57-year-old Mark Smith of Virginia, was arrested and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian causing injury, unlawful possession of marijuana, and failure to use due care causing injury.