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.
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.