The NYPD is there to serve and protect but sometimes they get things wrong. Like in the case of Raven Moses, a 30-year old woman from the Bronx who was the victim of a hit and run accident but somehow ended up spending three days in jail years after she had already served time for the same minor crime committed in 2009. The NYPD has some explaining to do on this one and is now facing a $3 million false arrest lawsuit because of what appears to be some sort of computer glitch or clerical error.
Every year in the United States playground accidents account for over 200,000 injuries involving children 14-years old or younger. And while any parent knows that a rambunctious child can suffer their fair share of scrapes and bruises, many of these playground injuries were severe enough to warrant trips to the ER. Indeed, some of the most common injuries suffered by these children are broken bones which take weeks and months to heal properly.
An early morning ride quickly turned tragic in Queens Sunday when a motorcycle carrying two men went out of control and struck a barrier in the northbound lane of the Cross Island Parkway. David Wilson, a 27-year old resident of South Richmond Hill, was at the controls when the bike veered off course and struck an immovable barrier at a high rate of speed. Both he and his passenger, who is as yet unidentified, were launched from the back and sustained massive trauma.
Usually ambulance crews are the ones helping victims of car accidents in NYC, not the ones who need the help. Unfortunately for one crew, this dramatic role reversal became a reality when a sanitation truck smashed into an ambulance at the corner of Dean Street and Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Just after 10a.m., crews were called to respond to this bizarre intersection accident in which 4 municipal employees were injured.
As the City of New York tightens driving regulations in an effort to make City streets safer, critics of the NYPD say the police aren't doing enough to enforce traffic laws already on the books. According to a recent report by the City's leading transportation advocacy agency, New York auto accidents still claim the life of one City dweller every 33 hours. Additionally, every three hours a non-fatal traffic accident leaves a New Yorker suffering dismemberment, disfigurement, or permanent disability.
There are over 12,750 miles of sidewalk in New York City. That's more than the distance between the westernmost tip of Portugal and easternmost point of Severny Island in Russia-the entire breadth of Europe! The Department of Transportation (DOT) replaces nearly 2 million square feet of sidewalk every year but that's less than 1%. With the traffic, weather patterns, and daily use that every inch of New York City sidewalk sees, it's no secret there are still miles of unsafe sidewalks out there. Indeed, there are roughly 2,500 lawsuits filed every year by pedestrians injured in defective sidewalk accidents in New York City.
A recent review of the fatal fall data regularly collected by OSHA between 2003 and 2011 shows some shocking disparities between ethnicities across the country with even larger gaps present in New York City. The numbers show that while only 41% of construction workers in New York City identify themselves as Latino, these individuals account for a whopping 74% of all fatal construction accidents involving falls. The data also breaks down the damage by Borough: Queens and Brooklyn have the highest rates of Latino construction accident deaths (88% and 87% respectively).
Media outlets have dubbed James Caban "the worst landlord" in the Bronx for his underhanded tactics and failure to safeguard his tenants' basic safety by ignoring several New York City building code violations. Caban, a former NYPD officer who was terminated after a brutality scandal in 1997, owns 1547 Commonwealth Ave. The building is a 12-unit structure that has over 300 open violations and is currently ranked as one of the 200 most distressed buildings in the entire city. Building code violations include unsafe conditions in the apartments and the presence of toxic materials yet Caban has repeatedly failed to respond to tenant complaints and official reprimands from the city.
In a tragic string of New York auto accidents, 4 young children have been struck and killed by cars in the Five Burroughs within the last month. The latest accident claimed the life of 2-year old Jahir Figueroa. Jahir was crossing the Junction Boulevard in Queens on Friday, October 11th with his mother, 23, when a drunk driver failed to yield and struck the young child, killing him.
A three-year old was killed in a tragic auto accident on October 7th at the corner of Main Street and Cherry Avenue in Flushing Queens. Little Allison Liao was crossing the street with her grandmother when she was struck by a Nissan SUV as it made the left turn onto Main Street. Allison was knocked to the ground and the SUV wasn't able to stop in time. It rolled over her, killing her instantly.