Each year, 1,800 children are hit by automobiles in New York City, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Kids are more likely than adults to suffer a NYC pedestrian collision, and a recent accident in Brooklyn illustrates why.
On Thursday, a 5-year-old girl was at the intersection of 5th Ave. and 55th St. when she unexpectedly let go of her mother’s hand and walked into the road. The horrified mother witnessed her daughter get fatally hit by a Cadillac Escalade.
The Sunset Park pedestrian accident illustrates how mistake-prone children are, even when they’re old enough to know that they’re near danger. All it takes is for the child to become distracted for one moment.
“Kids really are the most unpredictable pedestrians, which puts the responsibility for their safety much more squarely on the shoulders of adults and drivers,” said Charles DiMaggio, a public health professor at the Columbia University.
It’s important that we use this girl’s tragic death to raise New Yorkers’ awareness about the unpredictability of children pedestrians.
For more information on child pedestrian accidents in New York City, read our article “Harlem, Lower East Side Children More Likely To Die In Crosswalks.”
Source: Global Dispatch, “Five-Year-Old Girl Crushed To Death By A SUV In Brooklyn,” Sept. 27, 2013