A moped rider and 2 pedestrians were struck by cars in New York City in less than 24h.
In the first accident a driver hit a 94 year old man in a motorized wheelchair. The accident occurred yesterday afternoon on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The elderly man was crossing 5th Ave at the intersection of 95th street. He was in the crosswalk when a 32 year old driver struck him. The victim was critically injured and was rushed to the hospital. He is now in stable condition according to the NY Daily News. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident and wasn’t charged as police indicated that it was not clear who had the right of way.
Later on, during the night, around 1:00 am on Thursday, a police officer was injured after being struck by a car near West 23rd Street and Mermaid Ave in Coney Island. The accident occurred during a traffic stop when the driver of a Jeep took off. He then abandoned the car a little further away and ran away. The police were able to find the car and also found the passenger who was being questioned. The officer suffered minor injuries.
Less than an hour later, around 2:00 am, a man allegedly drunk behind the wheel struck a man on a moped in the Lower East Side. The 38 year old victim was riding a moped when he was hit by a SUV driven by a 35 year old driver who was making a turn from Bowery onto Delancey. The victim suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital. The driver was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. So far the police have not revealed the identity of the two men.
Also yesterday a judge ruled that New York City violates 3 disabilities law by failing to equip most crosswalk signals to aid the blind pedestrians.
The police also announced today that a 59 year old woman who was struck by two cars a few doors away from her home in Queens on Saturday died from her injuries two days later. Read more in the NY Daily News