In another pedestrian tragedy, a man was killed and his girlfriend seriously injured when struck by a Mercedes SUV while they were crossing E. 62nd Street at Lexington Ave. on Jan. 3. The driver was an Uber driver who was going to pick up passengers at the time of the pedestrian accident. The injured woman filed a lawsuit recently, claiming that the software used by Uber drivers violated New York law by distracting the driver.
One key ingredient of the push to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City is the use of video cameras installed at certain red light locations. The city has about 150 red lights with cameras installed. The city makes the point that generally this technique is a factor in reducing car accident numbers.
A report of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign has found that 60 percent of the pedestrian deaths in the downstate New York area between 2011 and 2013 occurred in the five boroughs. The downstate area includes New York City, Long Island and the five counties just north of the Big Apple. The coordinator of the report stated that New York state still holds the worst record nationally for pedestrian deaths resulting from a pedestrian accident involving a vehicle.
The wife and 13-year-old daughter of a New York City Police Department detective were stunned to later find out that the traffic jam that had held them up on the Sprain Brook Parkway on the morning of Feb. 27 was due to an accident involving their loved one. Their 46-year-old husband and father was hit head-on and killed by a wrong-way driver of a 2013 Honda Civic. The victim was on his way to work in Queens, according to police. A little later in the morning, his wife and daughter were unknowingly stuck in the traffic jam related to the fatal accident, as the mother was transporting their daughter to school.