A terrifying pedestrian accident in New York City last month sent three young boys to the hospital with severe injuries. The kids were crossing the street in the Lindenhurst neighborhood of Long Island when they were struck by a sedan driven by a 20-year-old man. The three boys (ages 13, 12, and 9) were rushed to nearby Good Samaritan hospital and listed in serious, critical, and serious condition, respectively.
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.
A pedestrian accident in the Bronx left a woman critically injured after a driver failed to yield the right of way, dragged the woman underneath the vehicle, and pinned her against the side of a building.
Crosswalk accidents in New York City are one of the most common types of pedestrian accident anywhere in The Big Apple. In fact, they make up the majority of pedestrian involved collisions here and are responsible for the vast majority of serious injuries and fatalities that people on foot suffer. As New York City traffic laws are now written, every crosswalk accident could be considered a crime. Motorists have the responsibility to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks every time-whether the crosswalk is marked or not.
An early afternoon pedestrian accident in Manhattan left three people injured on August 22nd. The victims were standing near the intersection of East 31st Street and 3rd Avenue in Midtown when an SUV jumped the curb and smashed into them before striking a light pole. One of the women was actually struck not by the car but by a flying trash can. FDNY rushed to the scene and transported all three of the victims to nearby Bellevue Hospital. All three were reportedly in stable condition.
The number of people being hurt on by motorists on city streets is not decreasing-even as the city sinks hundreds of thousands of dollars into various "safety improvements" around NYC. In fact, new stats show that the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York is actually on the rise.
Police are investigating a serious pedestrian accident in Brooklyn that left one victim hospitalized. The crash occurred in Sunset Park at the intersection of 39th Street and Fourth Avenue on January 21st. Rescue crews arrived to find the victim unresponsive on the pavement. The individual was rushed to nearby Lutheran Hospital with serious injuries.
A New York City woman was killed and a man injured in a fatal crosswalk accident earlier this month. The two were crossing the street in a marked crosswalk together when they were struck by an automobile. Both victims were tossed up over the hood of the car and smashed into the windshield. The woman was killed instantly. The man suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital.
A terrible pedestrian accident in The Bronx sent two people to the hospital late last month. The victims, one adult and one child, were crossing the street near 1610 Sedgwick Ave. in Morris Heights early on the afternoon of October 26th when a car smashed into them. FDNY arrived on scene within minutes and rushed both victims to nearby New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. One of the victims was listed in serious condition. The other was listed as critical.
New York City has a population of over 8 million people. It is therefore not surprising that the true number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents in New York City has been pretty much kept a secret. Few of these tragic accidents make headlines (only if it involves someone famous) and most remain unreported to the general public. That's why safety advocates were shocked to learn that NYC's official traffic accident data shows over 10,000 pedestrians and 4,200 bicyclists were injured in crashes last year.