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.
“Both of them were laid out on the floor, not moving,” said Harry Vega, who saw the van travelling far too quickly down the residential street just moments before a big “boom” that sent both victims “flying” through the air.
When rescue crews arrived they found the woman still unresponsive, suffering from severe head trauma. The man was coherent but suffered two broken legs and a broken arm. Both victims were rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital where they were listed in serious condition.
The driver of the van remained at the scene and cooperated. The NYPD doesn’t plan to file any criminal charges for this crosswalk accident in the Bronx even though the van may have been speeding at the time of the crash.
Many times the victims of crosswalk accidents are children or the elderly. These types of pedestrian accidents are one of the main reason’s the Mayor’s Office has lowered speed limits across the city in an effort to reach their Vision Zero goal.
If the driver of the vehicle in any way caused this accident, the driver and owner may be sued for the driver’s negligence. The recovery would be for the injured parties’ unpaid medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an out of control driver while crossing the street, contact a qualified New York crosswalk accident attorney immediately to discuss the legal options available to you. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel for a free consultation at 646-736-2777 or 212-385-1122 to learn your rights.