A young pedestrian was struck by a car in New York City last week. The accident happened at the dangerous intersection of E. 165th St. and The Grand Concourse in the Bronx. The 11 year old boy was crossing the Grand Concourse when he was struck by a car driving South on E. 165th Street. The boy was critically injured during the accident. (read more in the NY Daily News)
E. 165th Street between Jerome Ave and Melrose Ave was flagged by Vision Zero for a safer street redesign. Between 2009 and 2013, two pedestrians died, 37 were injured (including 5 severely) and 6 bicyclists were injured in traffic accidents at this specific part of the street. The two fatalities occurred at the intersection of E. 165th St. and The Grand Concourse where the 11 year old boy was critically injured last week.
According to Vision Zero statistics, 50% of the pedestrian accidents on E 165th street are caused by drivers failing to yield and 28% of all motor vehicle crashes on this street took place while a driver was making a left turn.
A street redesign proposal was presented to the Bronx Community Board 4 municial service committee on May 6 2015. Specific proposals for the intersection of E 165th Street and Grand Concourse included:
- the addition of bike lanes
- the installation of a flush median to provide space for left turns and a pedestrian island
- the creation of left turn bays