Elderly pedestrians are more vulnerable to being hit by motor vehicles. An 82-year-old man was struck and killed in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx last week. It was at least the 13th pedestrian accident fatality among elderly New Yorkers this year.
The terrifying collision between two commuter trains on the Metro North Line in Connecticut is now being investigated. There were over 70 people injured. Injuries from train accidents can range from whiplish to death and everything in between.
Surprisingly, with a collision of this magnitude, there were no fatalities. Nevertheless, the public deserves answers. The depth of media coverage and the potential for future disaster if we don't learn from this accident will mandate that this investigation will be thorough and hard-hitting.
Why should we care about motor vehicle crashes that almost happen but don't? After all, no one is hurt in near-miss car accidents. The police certainly don't care; they seldom even write citations for accidents that actually did happen. However, we should care about these non-accidents, as they are indicators of unsafe streets where real crashes are likely to occur.
NYPD is not going to charge a motorist who ran a red light, jumped the curb and killed a pedestrian in March of this year. This action - or non-action - continues the apparent tradition of not charging motorists who cause injury and death in pedestrian accidents.
Terrible car accidents do not have to involve multiple vehicles. For example, a violent single-car crash took the life of Janie Brown, 21, early this morning in Williamsburg. Ms. Brown was killed after she was ejected from the rear left passenger seat of a vehicle that crashed into a guardrail on the Williamsburg Bridge. Four other women, who were all in the vehicle, including the 23-year-old driver, were injured in the crash.
Two recent bicycle-car accidents have left some unanswered questions about the NYPD. The most recent occurred this past Tuesday afternoon when a bicyclist was injured by a taxicab driver on Seventh Avenue between 16th and 17th streets. Two people, including the cab driver, were arrested.
People rent stretch limos to celebrate and to party safely. Prom goers, women having a girls' night out, and tourists pile into these special motor vehicles with the expectation of fun and a little luxury. It all went terribly wrong for a group of women in California, five of whom were burned to death in a freak car accident when a limousine caught fire.
Two children were struck by vehicles on the streets of Brooklyn. Both boys are 12 years of age. One of the accidents occurred in the Bath Beach section and the other in Borough Park. The boy in Bath Beach was a pedestrian walking on foot, while the child in Borough Park was on his bicycle. Both suffered very serious injuries and are treating in New York area hospitals. Needless to say, our hearts go out to the families of these young men and we pray for their speedy and full recovery.
A Brooklyn intersection was the scene of yet another pedestrian accident recently when an elderly woman in the crosswalk was struck by a Cadillac Escalade. The victim was transported to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition and was not anticipated to survive.
The New York Police Department has released traffic accident statistics for March, and the results are sobering. Both the fatalities and injuries as the result of motor vehicle accidents are up significantly, according to the report. Last month, 21 people were killed in traffic accidents and 4,152 were injured. That compares with 33 fatalities and 3,519 injuries in March of 2011. The total number of accidents reported was 16,480.