A SUV driver struck a pedestrian in Brooklyn, NYC, and while he remained at the scene of the accident, the pedestrian who was hit, vanished from the accident scene. When EMS arrived, they looked for him but could not find him. The accident occurred in Bath Beach. The SUV driver was making a right turn from Bath Avenue onto Bay Parkway when he struck the pedestrian. He remained at the scene of the accident and was not charged. The next day, the police were called for someone injured in a house and found the 52 year old pedestrian dead in his apartment. They found out that the pedestrian stumbled home and suffered a massive head injury that killed him. Read more in the NY Daily News
While still on a declining trendline, over the past 8 years, NYC pedestrian fatalities have been on the rise this year compared to the previous years. 66 pedestrians died between January 1st and July 31st this year compared to 57 during the same period of last year and 57 during the same period of 2018.
Spike of pedestrian fatalities in New York City
Before Vision Zero started, pedestrian fatalities were out of control in New York City. During the first 6 months of 2013, 72 pedestrians died in traffic accidents. As more and more Vision Zero measures were implemented, fatalities went down to respectively 49, 49 and 51 for the first 6 months of 2017, 2018 and 2019. Last year because of the Covid19 lockdown pedestrian fatalities were lower than usual but this year they popped up again to a level never seen since 2014 with 58 pedestrian fatalities for the first 6 months of the year. Speeding and recklessness has been on the rise in the city as well as an increased number of people using their cars rather than using public transportation because of Covid19 fears.