A child died in a Queens pedestrian collision on Sunday, the second NYC child-pedestrian death in a span of 10 days. As with most New York City pedestrian accidents, the authorities haven't disclosed many details.
On Tuesday, a 71-year-old man sat on a bench in a bus shelter in Dyker Heights, patiently waiting for the B4 bus. Sadly, he never got aboard.
An 82-year-old woman is dead after she was hit by a MTA bus in Brooklyn. The bus accident occurred as the vehicle turned left onto Pennsylvania Avenue and collided with the elderly victim.
On Friday, a family was crossing a street in Staten Island when a Mercedes-Benz ran it down before speeding away. The horrific hit-and-run killed a boy, 5, and caused the hospitalization of his mother and 7-year-old sister.
In January 2011, an employee at Tortilleria Chinantla was killed when he was pulled into a dough-mixing machine. The 22-year-old victim was survived by a girlfriend and daughter, but they were sadly informed that they wouldn't receive any workers' compensation death benefits.
The Bronx has a fatality rate of 4.78 per 100,000 seniors. That's third-worst in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Only Hudson County, N.J., is more dangerous for elderly urbanites. Between 2009 and 2011, the Bronx was the site of 30 pedestrian-collision deaths involving senior walkers.
A 66-year-old man was killed in a tragic accident at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. The patient was crushed by a gamma camera during a routine diagnostic procedure. The Infinia Hawkeye 4 gamma camera involved in the fatal accident weighs more than 5,000 pounds. General Electric (GE) Healthcare manufactured the camera and is responsible for its maintenance.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sparked a national discussion after recommending that states lower their legal blood-alcohol content (BAC) limit for motorists. In New York, the limit is 0.08 percent; if the NTSB successfully lobbies lawmakers that limit could lower significantly, to 0.05.
It was a particularly devastating weekend for pedestrians in the Bronx and Brooklyn - even by NYC standards. The string of accidents caused five hospitalizations and two wrongful deaths. Most of the victims were children.
Extensive damage to the hood and windshield of a car tells a great deal about how an 82-year-old Bronx man died last evening. It's clear from accident photos that Manuel Verdesoto, 82, was hit by a car moving at a high rate of speed while he crossed White Plains Road at Watson Avenue. Another factor in the pedestrian crash is that the involved driver was not licensed.