The NYPD investigation into a bicycle accident in New York has concluded that the driver of a Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation "red bus" is to blame. The accident, which occurred on Roosevelt Island's Main Street, left a 29-year old Swedish model, Anna Maria Mostrom, functionally brain dead. While doctor's were hopeful, the injuries she has suffered we re likely irreversible.
New York City is rife with underground hazards. Because of the vast infrastructure below ground level, there are thousands of places across the City where thin metal grates or thin concrete slabs are all that stand between pedestrians and terrible falls. One such sidewalk accident in New York City could have claimed the life of a young woman last year. Thankfully, she escaped without major injury .
Cellar doors are a common site on City sidewalks in New York. They provide easy access to the below ground level structure but they also pose a dangerous hazard for pedestrians. This past summer a young man suffered severe injuries after falling through an open cellar door in East Harlem. This sidewalk cellar door accident in New York occurred in broad daylight and surveillance video captured the entire horrifying mishap.
Sidewalks are essential in New York, providing relatively safe havens for millions of pedestrians every day. But what happens when the sidewalks themselves become a hazard and who--if anyone--is responsible for sidewalk accidents in New York? The short answer to that question is usually the property owner provided the adjacent property is not multiple dwelling less than four families. For multiple dwellings less than four families, provided it is residential and owner occupied, it will be the City of New York. Generally speaking, the adjacent property owner or City is liable for the repair and maintenance of the sidewalks.
A shocking subway accident in The Bronx has many questioning whether or not the MTA is doing enough to protect New Yorkers in the underground. Last May an elderly wheelchair-bound man was killed when his wheelchair rolled off the platform and onto the tracks directly in front of an oncoming train at the Intervale Avenue station in Longwood. The man was crushed and killed instantly. Now safety advocates are saying New York's mass transit system could be doing more to prevent such accidents.
A shocking school bus accident in the Bronx has left a 12-year old boy critically injured. According to reports, sometime during the daily commute on October 20th, the boy (identified as A.J. Pediford) fell out of the emergency exit at the back of the bus and landed on the pavement. The boy was on his way home from New York City Children's Center when the accident occurred at the corner of East 156th Street and Courtland Avenue. A.J.'s injuries are so severe that he fell into a coma after arriving at Jacobi Hospital. The boy's father told reporters that A.J. broke a bone at the base of his skull that holds his head onto his neck.
The NYPD is facing intense media scrutiny after surveillance video surfaced showing alleged use of excessive force in New York City (specifically, the Bed Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn). Shot without the officers' knowledge, the video shows two officers approaching 16-year old Kahreem Tribble. One officer then takes a swing at the boy (with a closed fist). Tribble backs away, pinned against a security gate, when the second officer rushes in with his firearm drawn. Tribble raises his hands in a gesture of surrender but that doesn't stop the second officer from smashing his gun into the young man's mouth, shattering teeth.
The New York tourism industry is rocking after two sightseeing bus crashes in as many months. The shocking Times Square tour bus accident in New York City sent 14 people seeking emergency medical services with three of those listed in serious condition. This comes just days after a tour bus owned and operated by a company in Chinatown, a bus full of New Yorkers, left the road and overturned, killing two unsuspecting passengers.
A fatal construction accident in Manhattan late last month claimed the life of a 27-year old hardhat. Rodolfo Vasquez-Galain was working at a jobsite in the Garment District-building a new hotel from the ground up--when a massive improperly secured slab of concrete, weighing tons, apparently fell from a higher floor and came down on him. He was crushed from the waist down. His fellow workers rushed to his aid and tried but failed to lift the slab off of him. Firefighters arrived on scene within minutes. He was declared dead at the scene.
A horrific New York tour bus accident in Delaware claimed the lives of two women and sent 48 more individuals to the hospital with various injuries after the vehicle rolled over on an exit ramp in New Castle. The bus, operated by Am USA Express Incorporated of New York's Chinatown, overturned after rolling down a grassy embankment, tossing 49 passengers about the cabin like rag dolls. Dr. Rob Rosenbaum (an emergency room physician at Christiana Care) reported that some individuals suffered head injuries, broken ribs, internal injuries, and fractures.