An MTA bus accident in Queens left 14 people injured including two firefighters. That accident occurred as a FDNY truck responding to a fire call struck the MTA bus in the Astoria neighborhood. Reports show that the MTA bus was travelling along Ditmars Boulevard (near the intersection with 21st Street) just after noon on June 26th when the firetruck slammed into the side of a bus.
A holiday weekend boating accident in New York earlier this month sent a father and daughter to the hospital with severe injuries. The two were enjoying a warm summer day, tubing on Skaneateles Lake in Upstate New York, when tragedy struck. The tube they were in hit the towboat's wake and the couple was tossed into the water. When the boat circled back around to pick them up, the driver misjudged the distances and struck both individuals.
A man who spent 20 behind bars for a crime he says he didn't commit has pulled an unorthodox move while fighting his wrongful imprisonment in New York City. Richard Rosario was accused of murder in 1996. He was convicted and has spent 20 years in prison. However, just this past year New York City prosecutors admitted that he had been wrongfully convicted, offering to dismiss the charges against him.
Two subway accidents in New York City occurred within minutes of each other, both at 14th Street Stations in the West Village. A young man was pinned between a train and the platform just 50 minutes before a young woman lost both of her legs after tumbling onto the tracks just down the line.
Swimming pool accidents in New York City can happen in the blink of an eye. Children are at the highest risk: 1 in 5 victims of accidental drowning in New York are 14 years old or younger. (Nationwide nearly 2,700 children 14 and under suffer from near drowning incidents every year.)
A construction worker was rushed to the hospital after a ladder accident in Queens last month. The unnamed individual was working at a jobsite near 80th Street and Broadway, in Elmhurst, when he fell off a ladder, tumbling roughly 7 feet to hard concrete below. The jobsite is the future home of a 20-story apartment building owned by Friedland Properties.
A commercial truck driver's failure to yield caused a fatal bicycle accident in New York City earlier this month. 27-year-old Leah Sylvain was critically injured on Evergreen Avenue while riding her bicycle properly in a bike lane. She was struck by a commercial fuel truck driven by 52-year-old Joseph Cherry when he turned left, cutting across her path and causing the fatal crash. EMS crews arrived to find her bleeding on the street with severe head trauma. They rushed her to nearby Woodhull Hospital but were unable to save her life.
The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and was charged with careless driving and failure to yield.
An avoidable crosswalk accident in New York City claimed the life of 67-year-old Yuenei Wu on June 6th. Wu was crossing the street at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 38th Street in Midtown Manhattan when the driver of a livery vehicle failed to yield the right of way. The SUV began a left turn and struck the woman. She was knocked to the ground and pinned underneath the vehicle.
Eye witnesses to the crash say the driver paused but began driving away after the collision. Several individuals began yelling at him to stop. a handful of onlookers actually lifted the vehicle off of her. EMS arrived at the scene. Wu passed away from the extent of her injuries. This is the second fatal crosswalk accident in Manhattan this year.
Rikers Island has a long history of inmate assault in New York City. As a result, there has been a concerted effort over the past couple of years to clean the jail facility up and keep inmates safe from corrections officer assault.
Earlier this month, five Rikers Islands guards (including the facility's Assistant Chief for Security) were convicted on a variety of charges stemming from the brutal beating of Jahmal Lightfoot. Lightfoot was an inmate at the jail in New York in 2012 when he was attacked.
A tragic car accident in the Bronx has taken the life of a 3-year-old girl. The child was walking alongside her mother (who was pushing a younger sibling in a stroller) near the intersection of east 164th Street and Gerard Avenue when she was struck by a car and killed. The Bronx car crash happened at 8 AM. Eyewitnesses say the girl was in clear view just steps behind her mother when she was killed.