Following a string of auto-pedestrian accidents over a two-day period, New York City residents and lawmakers alike are suggesting possible changes that need to be made in high-traffic areas in order to keep people safe. Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced his plan to implement a multi-agency task force called ‘Vision Zero” with the goal of reducing roadway fatalities.
The mayor’s announcement came several days before Jan. 18 when two pedestrians were killed and another seriously injured in separate accidents. On the Upper East Side, a 63-year-old woman was hit by a cement truck and allegedly lost a leg. One fatality occurred when a 69-year-old man was hit by an SUV in Queens. The other death, also in Queens, was caused by a vehicle that struck a 68-year-old woman who was attempting to cross the street.
On the morning of Jan. 19, two more fatal pedestrian accidents were reported. At approximately 1:30 a.m. on 125th Street in Harlem, a 45-year-old bicyclist was struck by an MTA bus. The man was pronounced dead at Harlem Hospital Center. Later that morning, a St. Luke’s ambulance clipped a 26-year-old female with its driver’s side mirror. The woman fell into the street near West 96th Street and Broadway and was then hit by a Dodge Charger. Sources did not indicate if any drivers involved in the deadly accidents were found to be at fault or were facing charges.
The site where the 26-year-old was killed was recommended as a location for the Vision Zero program following the accident, according to a city council member. Vision Zero initiatives may also involve lowering speed limits in some high-traffic areas of the city as well as adding more highway patrol officers to the NYPD. The mayor called the recent events ‘unacceptable” and hopes that the plan will reduce the instances of wrongful death on NYC roads.
Source: CBS New York, “2 Pedestrians Killed Sunday Morning In NYC, Bringing Weekend Total To 4“, January 19, 2014