Sarah Pitts, a Brooklyn district lawyer, was killed in a bicycle accident
Sarah Pitts. (Photo via DA Brooklyn Office)
WILLIAMSBURG – Sarah Pitts, 35, a senior assistant prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office, was killed on her bike on Labor Day.
At around 12:35 p.m. on Monday, September 7, Pitts was headed east on Wythe Avenue in Williamsburg. At the same time, a person driving a charter bus was driving north on Williamsburg Street when they met Pitts at the intersection. Pitts, a Prospect Heights resident, was taken to Bellevue Hospital and pronounced dead. According to the NYPD, the driver stayed at the scene. The bus that reached Pitts was owned by Excellent Bus Service, the driver had no alcohol in its system and the driver had a valid license, the Daily News reported.
There have been no arrests to date and the investigation is ongoing.
Gonzelez described Pitts as “a brilliant and compassionate lawyer dedicated to the search for justice.” He added that Pitts entered his office in 2018 to “work on transforming the criminal justice system to make it more just and safer for all”.
Pitts had been assigned to the Appeals Office and worked with the Justice Office after the conviction to review parole requests to determine which the office would support.
“And when the COVID crisis struck, Sarah selflessly volunteered to come to the office to help with urgent matters and to relieve the administrative staff so they wouldn’t bear the full burden of the pandemic,” Gonzalez said. “She was a kind and generous colleague who we will miss very much.”