A 67 year old pedestrian died from injuries sustained in a pick-up truck accident in New York. On Saturday August 10th around 9.00 pm, Melissa McClure was in the crosswalk next to her sister at the corner of 15th Street and 6th Ave in Manhattan when a Chevrolet Silverado making a left turn slammed into them. Both women were transported to the hospital. The sister, 59 year old Dorry Chitwood who was visiting from Georgia, suffered a cut in the back of the head. She was treated at the hospital and released shortly after. Melissa sustained major head trauma during the accident. After she arrived at the hospital, she was put on life support. She never woke up and died from her injuries almost a week later. Melissa who’s nickname was Missy, lived in Chelsea with her two cats. Her sister was visiting from Georgia. After her return flight was cancelled she decided to stay with her sister for an extra night. Both women were on their way for a dinner in Chinatown when the accident occured. The driver of the pick up truck stayed at the scene of the accident.
Busy 6th Avenue is dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists alike. In June Robyn Hightman was riding her bike when she was fatally stuck by a truck near the intersection of 6th Ave and 23rd Street. Then at the beginning of August another Chelsea resident, Michael Collopy, died after he was hit by a bicycle. Since January 2016, 18 pedestrians and 15 drivers were injured at this specific intersection.
After a decline last year, pedestrians and cyclists fatalities in New York City are both on the rise in 2019. So far 130 people died in traffic accidents in New York City compared to a total of 108 for the entire year of 2018. Among the fatalities were 67 pedestrians and 18 cyclists compared to a total of 58 pedestrian fatalities and 8 bicyclists fatalities in 2018.
Read more in the NY Daily News
Picture of the truck accident location: courtesy of Google Map