May 2019 Archives

Woman Coping with Lifelong Disability After Pedestrian Accident in Manhattan

Two people were injured and one of the victims, a woman, was left permanently disabled after a horrific pedestrian accident in Manhattan earlier this month. The crash happened on May 11th around 10 PM at the intersection of Murray Street and West Street in Lower Manhattan when a young driver failed to yield the right of way to two people crossing the street.

Apartment Fire in Harlem Kills Six People

A fatal apartment fire in Harlem claimed the lives of six people earlier this month-including four children. The blaze broke out in an apartment building inside the Frederick Samuel Houses in Harlem around 1AM. FDNY officers found six people unconscious and unresponsive in bedrooms at the rear of the apartment unit in which the fire started. Attempts to resuscitate the victims were unsuccessful. Three other residents suffered from smoke inhalation and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Train Accident in New York Leaves Passenger Shaken but Uninjured

Over 1,000 afternoon commuters were shaken earlier this month when the LIRR train they were riding on collided with a tractor-trailer truck. The collision occurred just before 6 PM as commuters were attempting to make their ways home. While there was surely some emotional trauma and perhaps some minor bumps and bruises, there were no serious injuries reported as a result of this latest train accident in New York.

Teenager Escapes with Minor Injuries After Terrifying Escalator Accident

A young girl faced amputation after stepping onto an escalator with a few of her friends earlier this month. The terrifying escalator accident happened during a cheerleading competition when a group of girls (all teammates) stepped onto the escalator to travel to the lower level of a Rhode Island convention center. The twelve-year-old girl's sneaker immediately got caught between the side railing of the escalator and the moving step and was pulled into the gap between two steps.

Girl Falls Into Backyard Fire Pit-Suffers Third Degree Burns

A young girl was severely injured when she fell into a backyard fire pit earlier this month. EMTs arrived at the New Jersey home within minutes of receiving the call and stabilized the girl at the accident scene before rushing her to a nearby hospital by helicopter. She was admitted and is being treated for second and third degree burns to her face and arms.

Elderly Woman Killed in Pedestrian Accident in New York City

A fatal pedestrian accident in New York City late last month claimed the life of an elderly woman as she was returning home from a late night mass. The pedestrian accident on Staten Island resulted in an extensive search for the driver-who fled the scene of the crime.

Falling Object Accident in Manhattan Claims Life of Worker

A 51-year-old man was killed in a falling objects accident in New York City earlier this month. The man was working on a scaffolding suspended high above the city streets at 311 East 50th Street, repairing the façade of the building, when the accident happened. Something went terribly wrong and a heavy coping stone from above fell and struck the man in the head. He was left bleeding from a massive head wound and hanging from the scaffolding. Horrified eye witnesses could only watch and wait while FDNY responders rushed to the scene.

New Report Shines Light on Excessive Force Cases in New York City

The New York Civil Liberties Union has finally been granted access to NYPD reports (as well as reports from other police agencies in the state) that were previously sealed under a troubling interpretation of New York's Open Records Law. The revelations therein have been stunning, to say the least. Indeed, this new investigation has uncovered a trove of previously unknown cases of police brutality and excessive force in New York City-including multiple incidents of officers discharging firearms unnecessarily. 

Fall From Heights Accident in New York Results in $22 Million Award

A construction-related fall from heights accident in New York City over a decade ago has resulted in a $22 million verdict for a worker who plummeted off a bridge in the Bronx. A jury recently awarded the construction site accident victim after a protracted 10-year battle.

Falling Tree Branch Accident in New York City Injures Two

Two employees of the city's Parks and Recs Department were injured in a freak tree limb accident in New York earlier last month. The two city employees were engaged in what the department classified as a "routine clean up" involving removing at least one tree and several problem limbs and other debris when the unthinkable happened-the tree they were working on came crashing down on powerlines. The accident happened in Neptune Park at around 4PM on the afternoon of April 4th. EMTs arrived at the scene within minutes and rushed both victims to a nearby hospital.

Crash Marks the Sixth Fatal Bicycle Accident in New York City this Year

A man was struck and killed while riding his bicycle just blocks from his home on March 14th. This tragic bicycle accident in New York City was the sixth such fatal crash in just the first three months of the year. While six fatalities is nowhere near a record for New York, it definitely does not bode well for the remainder of 2019. Also, while there were only 10 fatal bicycle accidents in New York City in 2018, there were hundreds of victims were injured.

Apartment Fire in Manhattan Leaves 6 Injured

An apartment fire in Manhattan left six people injured on March 20th. The early morning blaze started just after 5 AM in a business on the first floor of the building and smoke quickly spread to the apartments above. By the time FDNY arrived on scene the flames had spread throughout Omar's Kitchen and Bakery on East 55th Street and toxic smoke was quickly filling the hallways and stairwells above. Responders worked quickly to evacuate residents of the apartment units above the bakery but several had to be treated for smoke inhalation. 

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