July 2014 Archives

Teenager Critically Injured after NYPD Officer Pushes Him Through a Window

The family of a 14-year old from the Bronx sat anxiously beside their boy's Jacobi Medical Center hospital bed as he recovered from injuries suffered at the hands of the NYPD. Earlier this month, the boy was shoved into a storefront window after officers of the New York Police Department had detained him. The glass shattered and Payne suffered multiple lacerations to his head and body. One piece of glass actually penetrated his chest cavity and pierced one of his lungs. Witnesses say this is just another case of police brutality in New York City.

Bicycle Accident in Queens Claims Life Near Citi Field

Another fatal bicycle accident in New York City claimed the life of a commuter. A minivan collided with a bicyclist shortly after noon on June 10th near Citi Field on a stretch of street that New Yorkers often call "The Roosevelt Raceway." The cyclist was killed instantly. This is the eighth fatal bicycle accident in New York City already this year-that's already higher than the number of fatalities for this same period in 2013. While the NYPD investigated, the driver of the minivan was not immediately charged with a crime, though he was eventually summonsed for a speeding violation.

Five Men Settle for $40 Million after False Imprisonment in New York

Five men unfairly convicted of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989 have finally settled a false arrest/imprisonment lawsuit against the City of New York. The five, who became known as "The Central Park Five," were just teenagers at the time of the crime but were labelled as a "wolf pack" and "wildling" children before and during their trials. All were sentenced to years in prison but in 2002 their convictions were overturned. The men, now adults, have been fighting for monetary compensation for their false imprisonment in New York since their respective releases.

Bizarre Roadway Construction Accident in Leaves Pedestrian Injured

A bizarre roadway construction accident in New York City in late May ended with a woman being treated for a cut from a buzz saw. The accident occurred in Manhattan near the busy intersection of 28th Street and Ninth Avenue as construction crews were working on the roadway surface.

Pool Accidents in New York City Climb During Summer Months

Public and private swimming pools across the city provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy the summer and beat the heat with family and friends. But pool accidents in New York City claim the lives of unsuspecting victims every year-senseless losses that, for the most part, could be avoided with the proper equipment, maintenance, and supervision.

Elevator Accident Kills Construction Worker in Queens

One worker was killed and another injured in an elevator accident in New York City last month. The two men were contractors, part of the construction crew building an elementary school at 42nd Street in Sunnyside, part of the P.S. 313 expansion project. Details surrounding the accident are few but it appears that the first man fell 5 stories down an empty elevator shaft immediately prior to the second man falling 1 story from the second floor to the first.

75% of All Pool-Related Drowning in NYC Children 4 and Under

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control highlight an alarming trend. 75% of all accidental drowning accidents in New York City involve children four years old or younger. The vast majority of those children drown in home swimming pools. (Older children and adults are more likely to drown in natural water settings such as lakes and rivers.) The new data was collected from hospital visits and emergency calls across the country and collated in a special report entitled "Unintentional Drowning:  Get the Facts."

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