Two people died and three others suffered personal injury in a 3 vehicle accident that happened Saturday morning in New York.
Atha Noorzi, a 51 year old limo car driver was driving his client Patrick Sheehan, a 54 year old Wells Fargo Banker from JFK airport to Larchmont, NY when the 45 year old driver of a black SUV driving in the opposite direction lost control of his vehicle. The black SUV hit the guardrail and went airborne into the opposite lanes. It then crashed into the Lincoln Town Car livery cab, slicing in half and killing the two passengers. Sheehan was decapitated.
A white SUV also crashed. The woman who was driving it and her 15 year old passenger as well as the driver of the black SUV suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital.
Seven car accidents and two injuries have been caused by a defective tie-rod assembly that became misaligned in some Chrysler Ram Trucks. The misalignment can lead to component fracture and steering loss. These accidents prompted a recall by Chrysler that will include an estimated 842,400 model-year 2003-2008 Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks. Two additional campaigns are being conducted to capture those vehicles known to have tie-rod assemblies linked to previous recalls. They comprise 294,000 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickups, chassis cabs and 2008 Ram 1500 4×4 Mega Cabs; plus 43,500 model-year 2008-2012 Ram 4500 and 5500 4×4 chassis cabs.
More than 3000 people die every year in distracted driving accidents but some reckless drivers don’t seem to care. The new “trendy” thing to do is to post Driving Selfies on Instagram and other social media sites. This afternoon research for #drivingselfie on Instagram returned 3,774 posts, #drivingselfies 1,886 posts #drivingtowork 9,826 posts and #hopeidontcrash 730 posts.
These reckless drivers are unnecessarily risking their lives and the lives of innocent people. Driving is not a game.
Another pedestrian was killed in a car accident in New York. A 74 year old woman was in a crosswalk on E. 141st street in South Bronx when she was hit by an SUV heading South on Beekman Street. She suffered a severe head injury and died at the hospital.
After striking the pedestrian, the SUV jumped the curb and ran into a building. The driver, a 47 year old woman and her passenger, an 8 year old girl suffered minor injuries.
Read more in the New York Daily News
Because a defective sensor may cause the car to brake on its own, Honda is recalling its Odyssey minivans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. Honda will install a new sensor on all recalled models. However new sensors will not be available until the spring of 2014.
In the meantime Honda recommends to minivan owners to start their vehicle with the wheels facing straight ahead, allowing the system to properly recalibrate. Drivers who experience unexpected braking should stop and restart the minivan. Tapping on the brake pedal “will immediately stop the self-braking action,” Honda said.
So far no injury or crash has been reported.
A young father died in front of his family after being struck by a crazy driver racing down a sidewalk in the Bronx, New York. Startling video shows the enraged driver racing a dark green 1998 Toyota Sienna down the sidewalk on E. 233rd St. in Wakefield as panicked families ran for cover. Seconds later, construction worker Derrick Callender, 32, was fatally struck
Read more and look at the video in the New York Daily News
A 50 year old woman died after being struck by a car when she was crossing crossing Pennsylvania Ave. near Glenmore Ave in Brooklyn Wednesday night. 30 minutes later a similar accident happened in Queens. A 40 year old man died after he was struck by a car while crossing Jamaica Ave.
Read more in the New York Daily News
Defective brake control software may increase the risk of an accident for Nissan Pathfinders from model years 2013 and 2014, as well as Infiniti JX35 SUVs from model year 2013, and QX60 SUVs from model year 2014.
In the affected vehicles, on rough or uneven roads, software settings in the antilock braking system may lead to stopping distances that are longer than drivers expect, Nissan said.
In New York City in 2012 there were 152 pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and 14,327 injuries. Of those 14,479 crashes, DMV data show NYPD cited 101 motorists for careless driving. That’s a citation rate of 0.7%.
The careless driving law was initiated in 2009 and was intended as a minimum penalty to hold drivers who injure and kill accountable, in lieu of a more serious criminal charge. However after summonses were dismissed in court because officers weren’t witnessing violations the NYPD prohibited cops from issuing careless driving citations unless an officer witnesses a violation, or the crash is investigated by the Collision Investigation Squad (previously known as the Accident Investigation Squad). CIS only investigates around 300 crashes a year. As a consequence NYPD doesn’t enforce the law against careless driving and most reckless drivers are never being held accountable for their acts.
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