Many expect the dangers of the New York streets to stay on the street. Unfortunately, all too often out of control drivers kill or injure innocent pedestrians when their recklessness brings the carnage onto New York City sidewalks. Just last week (November 11th) two unsuspecting pedestrians were killed on Queens Boulevard (near Broadway) when a 23-year old driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro at a high rate of speed jumped the curb and careened into a crowd of New Yorkers. The car, which boasts a 7 liter engine and 505 horsepower, became a fast-moving 3,700 pound unstoppable missile.
An early morning ride quickly turned tragic in Queens Sunday when a motorcycle carrying two men went out of control and struck a barrier in the northbound lane of the Cross Island Parkway. David Wilson, a 27-year old resident of South Richmond Hill, was at the controls when the bike veered off course and struck an immovable barrier at a high rate of speed. Both he and his passenger, who is as yet unidentified, were launched from the back and sustained massive trauma.
The construction accident in Queens that claimed the life of a 42-year old construction worker late last month may have been avoidable. Investigators have discovered that the building contractor in charge of the jobsite had been fined by OSHA before for multiple violations including fall safety hazards.
After a detailed investigation of a deadly Queens construction accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited three local construction contractors for their role in a building collapse. H Rock Corp., Vera Construction Inc. and Sing Da Corp were fined a combined total of roughly $120,000 for jobsite violations that caused the death of a 26-year-old construction worker and the hospitalization of three other men.