New York City’s disconcerting spike in traffic deaths continued Saturday, when two pedestrians died in Queens and another lost her leg in the Upper East Side.
One of the car-pedestrian collision occurred at about 11 a.m. in Maspeth at the intersection of Grand Ave. and 69th Place. A 68-year-old Elmhurst woman was lawfully crossing Grand when a 28-year-old driver illegally turned left onto it from 69th. The victim died at Elmhurst Hospital Center.
The driver was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Another fatal pedestrian accident, also in Queens, occurred on the Cross Island Parkway just before 7 a.m. In that collision, the victim was a homeless man who has yet to be identified. Police are still investigating but the driver has not been charged with any crime.
Another gruesome accident took place in Manhattan at 10:00 a.m., when the driver of a cement truck hit a 63-year-old woman on the Upper East Side. The victim was lawfully crossing the street when the truck driver failed to see her, hitting her and dragging her down the block until horrified witnesses got him to stop.
She was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive after doctors amputated her left leg below the knee.
Hopefully, this deadly trend will reverse but it will probably take more than luck. Drivers need to be more careful and law enforcement needs to start citing drivers when they seriously hurt pedestrians who have the right of way.
Source: NY Daily News, “New York City Traffic Accidents Kill 2, Seriously Injure 1,” Clare Trapasso, Jan. 18, 2014