April 2020 Archives

Fatal Apartment Fire in New York City Claims Lives of Four Residents

An apartment fire in the Bronx earlier this month claimed the lives of four women who lived in the building. FDNY received the distress call around 7:20 on the evening of April 1st. They arrived at the Grand Concourse building within minutes and fought to tamp down the flames. The fire quickly rose to a three-alarm blaze and filled the upper stories of the building with flames and thick smoke. The firefighters extinguished the inferno in less than two hours, but not fast enough to save four women who lived on the sixth floor.

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in New York City Involved Multiple Vehicles

A tragic motorcycle accident in New York City involving not one but two motor vehicles earlier this month left the rider dead, officials say. On April 5th a motorcycle riding southbound on the Henry Hudson Parkway was struck by a minivan near 125th Street in Manhattan. The rider was thrown from the bike and hit by an SUV that was following close behind. Police and EMTs rushed to the scene and quickly secured the area. The motorcyclist was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. Photos from the scene show the entire hood and windshield of the SUV caved in from the force of the impact.

New Civil Rights Lawsuit in New York Seeks to Reform Parole System

The Legal Aid Society and the New York Civil Liberties Union have filed a class-action lawsuit against the governor and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in an attempt to reform a parole system that they deem irreparably broken. The civil rights lawsuit in New York stems from multiple individual cases concerning improper imprisonment of individuals before they were ever convicted of a crime.

Social Distancing Leads to Increase in Bicycle Accidents in New York City

Social distancing and quarantine requirements in place during the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak here in the United States have indirectly contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of bicycle accidents in New York City. Indeed, with the incredible decrease in the number of people using mass transit and avoiding ridesharing and taxi cabs for fear of spreading the virus, the number of people who have begun to use alternative methods of transportation through New York City (including riding bicycles) is exploding. Unfortunately, with that ridership increase comes a dramatic increase in the number of accidents as well.

Company Fined $10,000 for Temporary Sidewalk Violations in New York City

A construction company was fined for its failure to safeguard pedestrians passing by a construction site in The Bronx last month. The New York City Department of Buildings (DoB) issued its monthly digest of construction and building violations and fines last month. One of the biggest fines was against a construction company for failing to install a temporary sidewalk. Temporary sidewalk accidents in New York City are critical to the safety of individuals passing by construction or renovation sites. These temporary safety installations are designed to keep passersby out of harm's way by preventing falling debris from striking them along providing even walking surfaces to prevent trip and fall accidents.

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