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September 15, 2014

Minivan taxi driver fatally strikes a man who was changing a tire on the Van Wyck Expressway and injures 3 other people

A man died and two women and a child suffered personal injury in a car accident on the Van Wyck Expressway near JKF Airport. According to the New York Daily News, the victim had pulled his car to the shoulder of the highway to change a flat tire when he was hit by a minivan taxi registered with the Taxi and Limousine Commission Sunday around 4:00 am. A woman who was in the victim's car and another woman and a child who were in the taxi suffered personal injury and were taken to the hospital.

September 15, 2014

Brooklyn pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by SUV

A pedestrian who was crossing Bedford Ave near Kozsciusco Street in Brooklyn, NYC, was struck by a SUV after 9 pm Saturday night. The pedestrian, a 40 year old man suffered severe personal injury and was rushed to the hospital. The SUV driver stayed at the scene and wasn't charged.

Read more in the New York Daily News

September 15, 2014

A 32 year old woman suffered head trauma and a 27 year old man was left critically injured with both legs amputated by a hit and run driver in Brooklyn NY

A SUV driver abandoned his car on the sidewalk after an accident during which he lost control of his vehicle, jumped the curb and pinned two pedestrians against the wall of a building in Starrett City, Brooklyn, NYC. One of the pedestrians, a 27 year old man was severely injured and had both legs amputated. The other pedestrian, a 32 year old woman suffered head trauma but she is in stable condition.
Read more in the New York Daily News

September 15, 2014

Drunk pedestrian struck and killed on the Hutchinson River Parkway

A 31 year old pedestrian was struck by a car and died on the Hutchinson Parkway. The woman exited from a car that had stopped on the service road and tried to cross the busy highway. She was hit by a pick up truck and died at the scene of the accident. According the NY Daily News, the woman had been drinking and was arguing with her boyfriend who was driving the car.

September 15, 2014

Five people injured and one dead in a multi-car accident in Rosedale, NYC

Five people were sent to the hospital and a 24 year old motorcyclist died in a car crash involving several vehicles near the intersection of Rockaway and Brookville in Queens, NYC. The motorcyclist was riding his bike on Rocakaway Blvd when it broke down. Several people met him and helped him load the bike on a pick up truck. As they were doing so a Chevy van hit the back of the pick up truck and struck them. Another car then hit the Chevy van. The motorcyclist died at the scene and five other people suffered personal injury and were rushed to the hospital.

Read more in the Times Ledger

September 15, 2014

Deadly car accident on the Bronx River Parkway on Friday night was most probably related to speeding

Two men died and a third one suffered critical personal injury in a car accident that happened last Friday on the Bronx River Parkway in New York around 4:00 am. According to witnesses, the victims were in a blue Mini Cooper and seemed to be racing another car when the 20 year old driver, Xavier Rodriguez, lost control of the vehicle. The car hit a tree and and was sheared in two before bursting into flames. The driver and the front seat passenger were ejected from the car. They were rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The driver later died of his injuries. A third passenger, 24 year old Bill Bido, who was in the back seat was badly burned and died at the scene of the crash.

Read more in the NY Daily News

September 11, 2014

A 55 year old pedestrian died after being struck by the City bus she had just stepped off in Elmhurst, Queens, NYC

A 55 year old woman was killed in a bus accident as she was crossing Astoria Boulevard last night around 10 pm. Melanie Ward exited the Q47 bus on 80th Street just before the intersection with Astoria Boulevard in Elmhurst. She then proceeded to cross Astoria Boulevard in the crossing lines. At the same time, the bus driver made a right turn on Astoria Blvd and hit the victim with the front wheel. Melanie Ward later died from her injuries at the hospital.

According to a Street Blog NYC article by Brad Aaron, the victim seemed to have the right of way and under the new Vision Zero Law (Intro 238) the bus driver should have been charged. However the police told the Gothamist that they could not say if Ward had the right of way and didn't charge the driver.

Intro 238 makes it a misdemeanor for drivers to strike pedestrians or cyclists who have the right of way. The law has been effective since August 22nd. The police didn't enforce it against a yellow cab driver who killed a pedestrian who had the right of way on August 29th on the Upper West Side and will probably not enforce it against the bus driver in this case.

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Picture and comments: Street Blog NYC

September 10, 2014

Senator Schumer secures $25 million in federal funding for NYC Vision Zero Initiatives to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries

Charles_Schumer_official_portrait.jpg13 projects to prevent pedestrian and bicycle accidents in New York City are going to be funded by a $25 million federal grant secured by Senator Schumer. Previous Vision Zero Crash analysis and input from communities were used to select the13 project locations. Projects will include an extension of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway; street safety improvements near schools in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island; and pedestrian safety measures along dangerous corridors like Fourth Avenue in Sunset Park.

Read more in Transportation Nation

September 9, 2014

After two children's death from suffocating and choking, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Ace Bayou Corp. announce a voluntary recall of 2.2 million dangerous bean bag chairs

Dangerous%20Bean%20Bag.jpgTwo children died after they opened the zippers of an Ace Bayou bean bag chair , crawled inside the chair's foam bed and got trapped. They suffocated from the lack of air and inhaled the foam beads.
The voluntary standard requires non-refillable bean bag chairs to have closed and permanently disabled zippers. The Ace Bayou Bean Bag Chairs don't comply with this standard. The recalled products have two zippers, one on the exterior cover and one underneath on the bean bag itself. Both can be easily opened by children who can then crawl inside and get trapped.

The recalled products were manufactured in China and come in various shape colors and sizes. For more information click here

September 8, 2014

To deter drivers from leaving crash victims to die, new city council bill proposes to raise Hit and Run fines between $250 to $5,000 against drivers who leave the scene, with fines ranging from $500 to $5,000 in other cases

Intro 371 proposes heavy fines for drivers fleeing accident scenes when they know or have a cause to know that an injury occurred. The City Council bill was proposed Today at a transportation committee meeting by Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and transportation chair Ydanis Rodriguez.

Because the penalty for a hit and run is less severe than the penalty for causing injury or death while intoxicated, impaired drivers have an incentive to leave the scene of an accident.

Read more in Street Blog