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A construction worker was seriously injured on a construction site in TriBeCa, downtown Manhattan. The worker was trying to unload a sheet of drywall from a stack when 3 of them toppled on to him. Three other workers had to hoist the sheet off of him. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The construction accident happened inside the sixth floor apartment of 60 Beach street, a luxury condo building. The workers’ company is Noranda Special Projects. Read more in DNA Info.

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60 Beach Street, source: Google Map

 

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A 52 year old man died in a construction accident in New York yesterday. The construction worker was helping to install the green roof of the Barclays Center Arena when beams that were just unloaded fell on him and crushed him. He was transported to the Hospital in critical condition where he later died of his injuries. In a statement, the construction company, Greenland Forest City Partners said “We are all devastated by what happened. All of us at Greenland Forest City Ratner Partners and Barclays Center extend our most heartfelt condolences to the worker’s family and friends”. Read more in the Gothamist

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A preliminary report related to the accident between a northbound Metro-North Railroad passenger train and  a 2011 Mercedes Benz ML350 sports utility vehicle (SUV) that killed six people in Valhalla, NY was published a few days ago by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The accident happened on February 3rd 2015 . The report indicates that witnesses saw the SUV stopped on the railroad crossing before the gate went down. As the gate lowered it fell on the back of the car. The driver exited the car, looked at the back and went back in the car. She then proceeded to drive forward when she was struck by the train. The driver of the train operated the emergency brake 300 feet before the collision and hit the SUV at a speed of 49mph. As the train and the car continued to travel northbound, a dozen large pieces of the electrified third rail detached, piercing the SUV, tearing into the first passenger car in two locations and setting it on fire.  The preliminary report doesn’t provide any information on how and why the third rail pieces were able to detach.  Furthermore according to the NTSB the warning lights, alarms and gate arms were functioning however the accident  has prompted new attention to the safety of such crossings around the New York City region. Read more in the New York Times

 

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A high speed chase across the Verrazano Bridge and Staten Island, NYC, ended with 2 police officers suffering personal injury  in a car accident between the fugitive and the police. The fugitive, 41 year old Anthony Mazza had failed to appear to a sentencing for aggravated assault in New Jersey and was tracked by a US marshal fugitive task force.  The fugitive, 41 year old Anthony Mazza, was charged with eluding and assault on police for injuring the two officers in the cruiser.  A video shot from an helicopter shows a very dangerous high speed chase across the Verrazano Brige. Thankfully no civilians were injured but such a chase still raises questions about how far the police should go without seriously endangering  New York road users and pedestrians to catch a fugitive. Read more in the NY Daily News

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Investigators in a  car accident that resulted in the death of 27 year old Pamela Pimentel determined that when Hernan Vega crashed into the victim’s cab he was driving at a speed of 107 mph in a street in the Bronx, NYC. Additionally a blood exam showed that the driver’s alcohol level was .14 and that he was also high on marijuana and ketamine a powerful animal tranquilizer. In a pretrial hearing, Vega was slapped with two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Read more in the NY Daily News

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38 year old Daniel Cabrera was trying to cross Broadway at W 225th street in Marble Hill, NYC, when he was hit by a driver who sped away and left him dying in the street.  Daniel Cabrera is the second pedestrian to die in 3 hit and runs in two days. The deadly accident happened in a very dangerous area located North of the Manhattan bridge.  The area is busy with pedestrians visiting stores and restaurants on both sides of Broadway and cars are often speeding. 450 speeding tickets have been issue in this area since the beginning of the year. The area is prone to accidents. 58 pedestrians were injured last year according to DOT statistics .  Crashstat.org recorded 8 pedestrian deaths and dozens of personal injuries between 1995 and 2009. Read more  in Streetblog

 

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A woman in her 2o’s was crossing the street at the intersection of 76th Street and Woodisde in Queens, New York City, on Sunday night when she was struck and killed by  the driver of a box truck. The driver of the truck hit the victim as he was turning onto Woodside Avenue but he didn’t stop. He drove away leaving the woman to die in the street. A witness at the scene followed the box truck for a few blocks, stopped the driver and managed to hold him until the police arrived. The police arrested the driver, 27 year old Valentine Gonzalez and  charged him with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving without a license. Earlier in the day in Queens another woman was struck by a hit and run driver (see previous post)

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A 63 year old woman suffered serious personal injury after she was hit by a hit and run driver who is still at large. The accident happened Sunday morning at 89th Avenue and 120th street in Queens, NYC.  The driver hit the pedestrian at 89th Avenue and 120th Street in Queens, and sped off on 89th Ave. The police are still looking for the  driver and have released the below video. The vehicle is a dark gray Nissan Pathfinder. The victim was taken to the hospital where she is in serious condition.

 

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Another pedestrian died in a bus accident this weekend in Brooklyn, NYC. 64 year old Martin Hernandez Tufino was caught under the front wheels of a Freightliner bus that hit him as he was in the crosswalk on Avenue M near Coney Island Ave in Midwood. The bus which was transporting handicapped people was making a right turn when he struck the victim. 12 people were on the bus. None of them were injured. Read more in the NY Daily News 

The driver remained at the scene and the police said that he wasn’t expected to be charged.  In his latest blog, Brad Aaron from Streetblog is questioning why the bus driver wouldn’t be charged as Tufino had presumably the right of way. Under the Right of way Law that took effect in August 2014 drivers who are injuring or killing pedestrians because they failed to yield are supposed to be charged with misdemeanor and punished by a fine or up to a month of jail.

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A 27 year old driver struck and killed an 83 year old pedestrian last Thursday night in Brooklyn, NYC.  Isaak Trakhtenberg was trying to cross busy Pennsylvania Ave between Two Pines and Shroeders. He had already made it to the middle of the avenue and was standing on a concrete median that divides the southbound and the northbound lanes.  He was hit by the car of the young driver as he stepped in the southbound lane. The driver stayed at the scene and wasn’t charged. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital where he died.

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