A woman in her 50s was seriously injured after being struck by a van this morning. The accident happened at the intersection of 21st St. and fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The pedestrian was crossing the street when she was hit by a white van making a left turn. The driver of the van was in shock and stayed at the scene of the accident while the victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition. Read more in the New York Daily News.
The New York Daily News analyzed NYPD crash data from July 2012 to March 2015 to see if the Zero Vision Plan launched by Bill de Blasio was making the streets of New York City safer. According to the newspaper analysis that compared the road statistics after the Vision Zero Roll out from September to December 2014 with the same period of 2012, the results are mixed. Some roads had very large decline in the numbers of vehicles accidents resulting in severe personal injuries or fatalities such as Broadway between 125th street to 95th Street in Manhattan but other roads saw an increase in accidents resulting in injuries or fatalities. For example during the months following a reduction of the speed limit on E. Gun Hill Road in the Bronx, car accidents on this road resulted in 50 fatalities or severe personal injuries while for the same period of 2012 this number was 33.
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A health condition problem is at the origin of a fatal car accident in Long Island, NY. 92 year old Joseph Saccente was driving his taxi when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a house in Long Island. The elderly man died in the accident. Why was a 92 year old allowed to drive a taxi? See video below
A woman in a SUV was almost crushed after falling rocks came sliding down on her car while she was driving on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Chapaqua, NY. The woman was terrified but didn’t suffer any personal injury. The car that was behind her was driven by a retired cop who came to the rescue and provided much needed psychological support to the victim. See video below
40 people died and 10,069 suffered personal injury in a traffic crash in New York City between January 1st and April 1st 2015 compared to respectively 51 and 10,805 in 2014 and 69 and 11,676 in 2013. it is also interesting to note that there were more accidents during the three first months of this year compared to the same period of the 2 previous years. These numbers indicate that streets are getting a little safer for New Yorkers and that Vision Zero may be starting to show some results.
23 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in NYC during the first three months of the year compared to 31 for the first three months of 2014 and 44 for the same period of 2013. This number is still high but over the last two years it almost decreased by half which is a positive evolution. The number of pedestrians injured in a crash in NYC during that same period was 2,423 in 2015 compared to 2,847 in 2014 and 3,080 in 2013.
1 person died in a bicycle accident in New York City during the first trimester of 2015 compared to 2 the previous year and 1 in 2013. 355 cyclists suffered personal injury during the same period compared to 399 in 2014 and 510 in 2013. It is difficult to look at bicycle accident statistics for the months of January, February and March as it is the end of the Winter season and not many people use their bikes.
6 people were injured in a car accident during which a livery van collided with another car on Park Ave at E. 116th Street in Harlem, NYC. The collision was so powerful that the livery car flipped into the air. Two people were seriously injured and four others suffered only minor injuries. They were all rushed to the hospital.
Read more in the NY Daily News
Two men suffered personal injury in a collision between a car and a motorcycle in the Bronx, NYC. The accident happened at the busy intersection of Baychester and Nereid. During the investigation the police discovered a bullet hole in the car which led them to suspect that the car driver may have ran a red light before the crash as he was fleeing the scene of a shooting that happened a few blocks away. Both the driver – who was shot – and the motorcycle driver were injured and rushed to the hospital.
A high speed chase across the Verrazano Bridge and Staten Island, NYC, ended with 2 police officers suffering personal injury in a car accident between the fugitive and the police. The fugitive, 41 year old Anthony Mazza had failed to appear to a sentencing for aggravated assault in New Jersey and was tracked by a US marshal fugitive task force. The fugitive, 41 year old Anthony Mazza, was charged with eluding and assault on police for injuring the two officers in the cruiser. A video shot from an helicopter shows a very dangerous high speed chase across the Verrazano Brige. Thankfully no civilians were injured but such a chase still raises questions about how far the police should go without seriously endangering New York road users and pedestrians to catch a fugitive. Read more in the NY Daily News
A woman in her 2o’s was crossing the street at the intersection of 76th Street and Woodisde in Queens, New York City, on Sunday night when she was struck and killed by the driver of a box truck. The driver of the truck hit the victim as he was turning onto Woodside Avenue but he didn’t stop. He drove away leaving the woman to die in the street. A witness at the scene followed the box truck for a few blocks, stopped the driver and managed to hold him until the police arrived. The police arrested the driver, 27 year old Valentine Gonzalez and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and driving without a license. Earlier in the day in Queens another woman was struck by a hit and run driver (see previous post)
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A 30 year NYPD Veteran who was off duty crashed his car while he was driving under the influence during the snow storm when all non-emergency vehicles were supposed to be off the road. He was arrested after he hit another vehicle at East 58th Street and Kings Highway in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NYC. The police wouldn’t say if the cop had just gotten off work when the car accident happened.
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