The accidental death of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project has raised plenty of questions about police protocol. Two police officers were doing routine patrols of the Louis H. Pink houses when one of them accidentally discharged his firearm just as Akai Gurley, 28, entered the stairwell. The errant bullet struck Gurley in the chest, fatally wounding him.
New York City is finishing its first week with lowered speed limits on most of its roads. Workers began installing new 25 mph speed limit signs throughout the city last week. Once complete, in about one year, there will be 3,000 new speed limit signs.
At 6-foot-5 and 350 pounds Eric Garner was an imposing figure but a gentle giant, according to friends and family members. His family, which includes six children and a wife, is still trying to understand what caused his death during an arrest Thursday evening.
Unfortunately, hit-and-runs are a daily occurrence in New York City. This phenomenon is especially sad when the wrongdoer is an officer sworn to uphold the law and protect NY citizens.
A 61-year-old Brooklyn man was killed in a pedestrian accident last weekend. He was lawfully crossing Broadway at Hooper Street in Williamsburg, when a van made a left turn and ran him over in the crosswalk. There was no reason to call the police, however, because the vehicle involved was a NYPD van driven by an on-duty officer.
Two people were walking at the Bay Ridge intersection of Fourth Avenue and 82nd Street when a car hit them Tuesday morning. A woman suffered head injuries and is listed in serious condition at Brooklyn's Lutheran Medical Center. The second victim was also hospitalized for physical trauma.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) recently released a new crash data report and the numbers are discouraging. During the first quarter of 2013, 45 pedestrians and cyclists were killed by New York City motorists. This number is a sizable jump from the same period in 2012, when 33 pedestrians died. The injury toll is up, too.
It's hard to keep up with all the pedestrian crashes in New York City that have occurred over the past several days. The unacceptable pedestrian-accident rate has continued, and may even be accelerating.
Over a month's time, three pedestrians have died on New York sidewalks from motor vehicles gone astray. The victims include a 90-year-old man, a 16-year-old boy and Martha Atwater, an Emmy-winning TV producer. In each pedestrian collision, the driver has not been charged with any crime.
The term "accident" has long been used to describe the phenomenon of vehicles colliding with each other or with pedestrians and cyclists. In New York, however, the term has become a lightning rod for criticism.