Recent reports by the New York Post highlight a raft of deadly car crashes in New York City in the last few weeks, emphasizing the need for safer streets and more vigorous traffic enforcement.
A December 12 notice, for instance, describes a car crash in Long Island last weekend in which the driver of a pickup truck hit an SUV, “killing a 15-year-old girl who was heading home after a camp reunion upstate.” The 34-year-old driver was allegedly drunk when he hit the SUV in Woodmere, at the intersection of Peninsula Boulevard and Edward Avenue. The SUV, an Audi Q5, contained five people including the 15-year-old girl. The driver was taken to a local hospital “in critical condition,” while the other passengers sustained “less serious injuries.” Police arrested the pickup truck driver, charging him with “second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated,” according to the Post.
In Queens, the driver of a blue sedan hit and killed “an elderly woman” in Middle Village on the evening of December 13th, according to the Post. While the driver reportedly fled the scene, the 79-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital, but could not be saved. Less than an hour earlier on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, according to the Post, a 31-year-old moped driver hit a parked box truck. He was also taken to a local hospital but could not be saved.
A December 18th report by the Post describes two separate deadly motor vehicle crashes in New York City on the evening of the 17th. In Staten Island, the driver of a 2003 Ford Taurus struck a utility poll in Staten Island. The 24-year-old driver died, while his 24-year-old passenger suffered unspecified injuries. According to the Post, a police investigation determined that the driver was speeding and “failed to properly navigate the roadway.” That same night in Queens, a 26-year-old driver hit a tree on the Jackie Robinson Parkway. He was reportedly pronounced dead after being taken to a local hospital.