The recent string of pedestrian accidents in Queens and Manhattan over the last week-end is deeply concerning as it seems that every week-end in New York City a few more people are getting killed in traffic accidents. Our pedestrian accident lawyers are not the only one to express concerns about the increased number of traffic deaths in New York City. In a recent column for the New York Times, Ginia Bellafante point fingers at the increased number of traffic fatalities in the city and highlights the dangers of Atlantic Avenue. Confirming these concerns, Transportation Alternatives just released today its quarterly traffic fatalities report showing 51 people died in traffic accidents during Q1 including a record 9 bicyclists.
Last weekend’s carnage
The first accident involved a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed Darryl Younger, a Department of Education employee who was on his way to work as a school lunch loader and handler. The driver who struck him was traveling south on Jackson Ave. and is still being sought by police.
The second accident involved a 66-year-old man who was struck by a gray 2013 Toyota Highlander while crossing 41st Ave. near 147th St. The victim was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Queens and was listed in critical condition late Saturday. The driver of the Highlander remained at the scene, and no charges were immediately filed. According to how’s my driving, the driver accumulated 160 violations since 2013.
Finally, a truck struck and critically injured a 47-year-old pedestrian crossing Second Ave. near E. 82nd St. in Manhattan. The victim was rushed to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in cardiac arrest and was listed in critical condition.
These accidents are a somber reminder that pedestrians are among the most vulnerable users of our roads. They have no protection against the weight and speed of vehicles, making them particularly susceptible to serious and life-altering injuries. It is imperative that drivers remain alert and vigilant when driving, obey traffic laws, and yield to pedestrians when necessary.