Two more pedestrians died in traffic accidents in NYC at the end of last week. One was hit by a bus and the other one by two cars. A total of 51 pedestrians and cyclists died in traffic accidents since the beginning of the year, an increase of 30% compared to the same period of 2018.
Struck by a reckless driver
On Friday night a pedestrian was killed in Queens. The man whose identity wasn’t revealed, was crossing Sunrise Highway in the crosswalk when he was hit by 62 year old Renford Tait. The pedestrian fell to the ground and was struck by another car. Both drivers stayed at the scene of the accident. The first driver who failed to yield to the pedestrian while making a turn from Brookville Boulevard onto Sunrise Highway was also unlicensed. He was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. The other driver wasn’t charged. The intersection is notoriously dangerous and known for speeding. Last year 126 crashes resulting in 58 people getting injured occurred at the intersection. Read more in Streetblog
Hit by a bus
A day before, 81 year old Arlene Kalfus, was fatally hit by a bus in downtown Manhattan. The resident of Gateway Plazza in Battery Park City got off a M9 Bus on South End Ave. She then walked in front of the bus while it remained at the stop and proceed to cross the Avenue. She was then hit by a Downtown Conection minibus operated by the Downtown Alliance. She fell on the ground and died at the scene of the accident. Arlene Kalfus was a beloved member of the Battery Park City Community where she has been residing since 1980. She was an active member of the of the Battery Park City Seniors group and an art lover. She was still very active and travelled all over the city using public transportation. Read more in the Broadsheet