A 96-year-old pedestrian died after a car backing out of a driveway hit her. Last Tuesday, 96 year Ruth Cohn was talking a walk a block away from the Atria Riverdale senior home where she lived when the accident occurred. She was struck by a car backing out of a driveway. She was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with legs and pelvic injuries. She died the next day. The driver, a 46 year old woman stayed at the scene of the accident. She wasn’t charged. Read more in the NY Daily News
With baby boomers reaching retirement age, many pedestrians walking in New York City streets are seniors. They represent 13% of the whole population of New York City however they account for 39% of NYC pedestrian fatalities. According to the DOT, the senior pedestrians fatality rate is 4x that of younger New Yorkers. As part of the Vision Zero Initiative, the DOT is working on various projects to make the streets of New York City safer for the seniors. The complete DOT presentation can be downloaded here.