March 2015 Archives

Crosswalk Accident in The Bronx Sends Two Pedestrians to Hospital

A man and a woman were both struck by a van in a serious crosswalk accident in New York City early this month. The two were crossing Southern Blvd. near E. 179th St. in the West Farms neighborhood of the Bronx when a Chevy Astro van sped down the street and plowed into both of them. One eyewitness says the van struck with such force and speed that the victims "went flying" and when they hit the ground he thought they were dead.

Construction Accident in Brooklyn Kills Worker

A construction accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of an iron worker at roughly 1:30 PM on February 24th. Emergency responders were called to Barclays Center in Brooklyn and found 52-year old Peter Zepf unconscious and unresponsive at the scene. He was taken to Brooklyn Hospital but doctors were unable to revive him.

MTA Bus Driver Arrests Highlight Dangers of Public Transportation in NYC

Bus accidents in New York City could now result in jail time for drivers. The Vision Zero Failure to Yield Law allows NYPD officers to arrest MTA bus drivers who city traffic laws. The drivers can even face criminal charges for offenses that were previously deemed too minor to warrant action. MTA officials say this unnecessary pressure makes it difficult for their drivers do their jobs. However, safety advocates saw the law is a step in the right direction, especially because bus accidents in New York City are often fatal.

Construction Worker Killed in a New York City Elevator Accident

A construction accident in New York left one worker dead after a short fall down an elevator shaft in an Upper West Side town home earlier this month. 61-year old Frank Dragotta was employed by the home's owner and working on a major renovation at the property (located at 130 West 70th Street). Mr. Dragotta fell through an unguarded opening and down one story to the bottom of the shaft.

First Cyclist's Death in 2015 called "Preventable"

The deadly bicycle accident in Queens claimed the life of Hoyt Jacobs on the evening of Saturday January 20th, just two weeks into 2015. The accident involved a privately owned garbage truck and occurred at the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue.

Latest Figures Confirm Falls Once Again #1 Killer of Construction Workers in NYC

Falls are once again the number one construction accident in New York and result in the highest percentage of fatalities. Falls from heights in New York represent 15% of all fatal jobsite accidents. To put that in perspective that rate is twice that of the next most fatal accident type: contact with equipment.

Last Year's Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Man Ends with Cop's Indictment

Accidental discharge or excessive force in New York City? Last year, Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year old man, was fatally shot by NYPD officer Peter Liang. The shooting occurred in the stairwell of the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn. The NYPD just recently announced that Officer Liang had been indicted - a dramatic U-turn from their original ruling that the shooting was a tragic "accidental discharge." They have suspended Officer Liang without pay and taken his shield and gun for the duration of their investigation.

Brooklyn Man Killed by Fall Through Cellar Door

A tragic sidewalk cellar door accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of a 30-year old homeless man in Bedford Stuyvesant late last month. The unidentified man was walking past an abandoned building located at 1281 Bedford Avenue when a flimsy metal cellar grate covering a gaping 12-foot hole in the sidewalk collapsed beneath him. In the words of one eyewitness, he was just walking along and then simply "disappeared." The man fell approximately 12 feet to the concrete cellar floor below street level. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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