New York City Traffic Violence Roundup


Reckless driving continues to increase in New York City, injuring and killing young drivers and pedestrians as young as 10 years old in Queens and many others in different areas of Brooklyn.

As reckless driving rises across the nation, New York City has been no exception to the deadly trend. Below is a roundup of recent traffic violence injuries and fatalities in the city.

In Park Slope, Brooklyn, a 44-year-old pedestrian was struck while crossing Fourth Avenue near Bergen Street, according to police. The victim was taken to a local hospital with head trauma, Streetsblog reported, while the driver left the scene. A local resident criticized the city for failing to fully reinstall traffic calming elements on Fourth Avenue following a repaving last year. “There’s been a lot of progress on Fourth Avenue over the last decade but it’s clear that we’re nowhere close to making it as safe as it can be,” he told Streetsblog.

In Far Rockaway, Queens, a 33-year-old woman driving a Mazda SUV “lost control” of the car and struck a 10-year-old girl, killing her and injuring a 33-year-old woman, according to Streetsblog. The SUV reportedly had a bumper sticker that read “new driver please be patient,” as well as a paper license plate, though reports were unclear as to whether this was fake or simply temporary. In a statement about the crash, per Streetsblog, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards said, “It is gut-wrenching to see a child lose her life at such a young age, with such a bright future ahead of her… There is nothing more imperative than street safety, let us double down on our efforts to prevent another horrific tragedy like this from striking another community.”

In Brownsville, Brooklyn, a 32-year-old woman riding an e-bike was struck by the driver of a school bus turning from Eastern Parkway onto St. Marks Avenue, according to the New York Daily News. She fell off her bike and was run over by the bus, killing her. A report by Patch notes that the intersection where she was killed “is among the top 4 percent of deadliest in Brooklyn,” with at least 85 people injured there in the last five years. 

In Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, a 99-year-old man was crossing Coleridge St. at Oriental Blvd. in an electric wheelchair when he was struck by the driver of an SUV, according to the New York Daily News. The man, a survivor of the Holocaust, was on his way to his local synagogue when the SUV hit him. His friend, another Holocaust survivor, told the Daily News he died instantly, with a doctor saying “he didn’t have pain.”

In Crown Heights, Brooklyn, a police chase ended with a Hyundai Sonata crashing into a Toyota on Eastern Parkway and Rogers Avenue, killing the Sonata’s 18-year-old driver, injuring its three other occupants, and injuring the Toyota’s driver, a 61-year-old woman who was “sent to the hospital in stable condition,” according to a report by Patch.

More information on these incidents is available via Patch, the New York Daily News, and Streetsblog at the above links. 

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