Traffic violence explodes in New York City with 8 people killed in a week
A 72 year old man on a motorized scooter is the 8th person to die in a traffic accident in New York City in one week
After a student was killed by a drunk driver in Manhattan, a 16 year old was killed by a truck while on her way to school in the Bronx, a bike rider was killed by a garbage truck in Brooklyn, a delivery man was fatally struck by a van in Brooklyn, two pedestrians were fatally struck the same day in Queens and a mother was fatally struck by a stolen hit and run truck in Queens as well , an elderly man who was trying to cross the street on his motorized scooter was killed by a van in the Bronx on Sunday night just a few hours before a 20 year old driver speeding on the Belt Parkway killed herself and critically injured her passenger after crashing her car in a city truck.
Additionally, on Monday, a 69 year old man was critically injured after being struck and dragged by a box truck in the UES.
72 year old John Dellava was trying to cross East Tremont near Roosevelt Avenue on his motorized scooter when a van slammed into him. The impact was so strong that the right headlight shattered and the victim died. Tamer Mabrouk, who owns the Halal Cart across the street told CBS New York News that he knew the victim and would sometimes help him cross the dangerous intersection to get to the CVS. He said that speeding was extremely common.
The intersection is especially dangerous for pedestrians, because it has no light and no signalization and crosswalk despite being right across a CVS visited by multiple pedestrians.
The intersection is notoriously dangerous and sadly John Dellava is not the first pedestrian to die at this location. 6 years ago another person died in a crash there as well and according to locals, collisions are frequent.
The accident occurred just after mayor Adams launched a $4 million awareness campaign to prevent speeding. However, despite allegedly speeding and not yielding to the pedestrian, the 25 year old driver of the van was not charged.
So far this year, 75 people including 9 children have been killed in auto accidents in New York City.
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