This blog has reported before on the difficulty of obtaining usable traffic crash data from NYPD. However, there are several alternative sources. These are operated by private citizens who take the raw data from the PDF files released by the New York Police Department and turn them into interactive maps and other formats that allow viewers to quickly see the picture of NYC traffic accidents.
Another fatal pedestrian accident, this one involving a bus, took the life of a Brooklyn pedestrian over the weekend. The victim a 21-year-old woman, was crossing the street at Union and Meecker avenues around 1:30 AM on Saturday when she was struck by an MTA Q59 bus. The bus route runs from Rego Park, Queens and the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn.
The bus was making a left turn on westbound Meeker Avenue when it hit the pedestrian, who was walking south on Union Avenue and was in the intersection at the time of the accident. The victim was taken to Woodhull Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. Her family later said she had been born at the same hospital.
According to relatives, the victim, who lived in Bushwick, was on her way to visit family in the Williamsburg neighbourhood.. She worked at Macy's in Manhattan selling shoes and was a nursing student at Hunter College. The driver of the bus, a 50-year old woman, was uninjured and remained at the scene. She has not been charged. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the fatal accident.
Apparently the victim had gone out with her cousin and some friends after work and was walking home with them. According to witnesses, they had the green light. The bus apparently "came out of nowhere," according to the victim's cousin.
The bus hit the victim on the left leg and then pulled her underneath. Passengers on the bus yelled at the driver to stop. Soon after the accident, another bus arrived and loaded the passengers to continue the route - even before rescue vehicles had arrived. It was not known whether the passengers were being interviewed as part of the investigation.
The intersection, which is near a ramp onto the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, was closed for five hours, reopening around 6 AM.
Source; dnaINFO, "Nursing Student, 21, Killed by MTA Bus in Williamsburg," Mar. 1, 2014.
As reported in DNAInfo, families and friends of people killed in pedestrian accidents rallied at City Hall last Sunday to announce a new advocacy group. Called Families for Safe Streets, the organization will push for rapid implementation of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Vision Zero proposal designed to stop the increase in pedestrian fatalities in the City of New York.
A driver who killed a 25-year-old pedestrian in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn will not be ticketed or charged, according to NYPD, according to Streetsblog. The young man, originally from the Urkraine, was a rabbinical student at a Yeshiva in New Jersey. Although he was in the crosswalk and had the right of way, no law enforcement action will be taken as a result of the pedestrian accident.
New York City trial lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP are following the tragic death of Gedalia Gruntzweig, a 25 year old rabbinical student who was run over and killed by a New York City garbage truck on Sunday morning just after 9 a.m. at the intersection of Kingston Avenue and Carroll Street in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. A witness to this pedestrian accident reportedly said that the truck driver was turning right onto Carroll Street when it struck the student, who was visiting New York to attend a pre-wedding party for his friend. Mr. Gruntzweig was originally from Ukraine, and was studying to become a rabbi at Tiferes Bachurim, a Yeshiva in Morristown, New Jersey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are mourning this young man's sad and untimely death.
Last week, two traffic fatalities occurred on the same day. The incident that has received the most publicity involved a drunk driver and an MTA bus. The driver of the bus, William Pena, died when he was ejected from the bus after the driver slammed into the bus with a stolen truck. There has been significant publicity about this accident, partly because the driver of the stolen truck was related to a famous NYC model.
New York City trial lawyers Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to offer their vantage point on Mayor De Blasio's ambitious Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities.
Calling traffic fatalities an epidemic in New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio unveiled more details of his Vision Zero initiative on Tuesday. The use of the word epidemic is no exaggeration. There were 286 traffic deaths in 2013. Seven pedestrians were killed in the first two weeks of 2014 alone, including 9-year-old Cooper Stock who was struck by a cab while holding his father's hand. "Being struck by a car is the leading cause of injury-related death for children younger than 15," the Mayor said on Tuesday. "We refuse to accept the loss of children, parents and neighbors as inevitable," the Mayor said. "We are focusing the full weight of city government to prevent fatalities on our streets."
The attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy have, in the past, commended New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for prioritizing traffic deaths early on in his administration. He boldly outlined a plan to reduce traffic fatalities to zero. Bold? Absolutely.
New York City has averaged an astounding 175 traffic fatalities a year over the last few years. His plan, dubbed Vision Zero, has sparked a reaction from various groups; many attacking the initiatives he has employed. Thus far, his efforts have failed to yield the desired results.
This website recently reported on a truck-bus accident that killed the MTA driver. Further investigation has revealed that the box truck was stolen by the nephew of famous fashion model Tyson Beckford. Moreover, the nephew, Dominic Whilby, had been drinking at a Fashion Week party in the hours before the accident.
The New York City attorneys Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to follow the tragic snow plow accident that took the life of pregnant 36 year-old mother Min Lin.
Additional details have emerged about the tragedy that unfolded yesterday at the Fei Long Market on Brooklyn's Eighth Avenue, near 63rd street. Min Lin, a 36 year-old pregnant, married, mother of one was with her husband, Jin Feng Lin, outside one of Brooklyn's largest Chinese Supermarkets, loading just purchased groceries into their car. It was about 10:45am. The owner of the supermarket, a man by the name of Wu Wu, was operating a bobcat plow, trying to clear the snow in the area near his business. He was plowing snow, directing it all into an open parking space. The parking space was close by to where the Lins were unloading their groceries. While it was not clear how fast Wu, 42, was driving the bobcat at the time, several witnesses have reported that he operated it in a reckless manner and often at unsafe speeds in the past. Wu backed into the expectant mother as she was stepping back, right in front of her husband. Apparently the couple had no warning that tragedy was about to unfold, giving them no opportunity to react. Min Lin's body wilted as the bobcat rolled into her; her husband, helpless, was unable to do anything but watch. Witnesses knew right away that this was a very serious accident. Ambulances and police officers raced to the scene.