The pattern of pedestrians being run down and killed by vehicles in New York City continued with the latest incident occurring recently in Morningside Heights on Amsterdam Avenue near W. 112th Street. A United Coach Line charter bus crushed a 68-year-old female under its front wheels as it pulled out of its parked spot and hooked onto the woman, dragging her under the vehicle. She had been standing near the front passenger side waiting to cross the street prior to the occurrence of the fatal accident.
When an intersection collision between two vehicles results in the death or serious personal injury of one or more participants, it is usually necessary to determine the percentage of fault that may be attributed to each driver. In New York and other states, the fault determination dictates if either party is legally responsible to compensate those who have been injured or killed in the fatal accident. In some cases, it may be necessary to use a forensic accident reconstruction expert to render an opinion on which driver was at fault, or to state the percentage of the comparative fault of each.
A Staten Island prosecutor has announced the toxicology results of testing on an off-duty police officer from a neighboring state. The officer was behind the wheel on a New York city highway on March 20 when his car crashed into a tractor trailer, killing two of his passengers and critically injuring another. The results show the man had a .24 blood alcohol reading, which is three times higher than the threshold legal limit of .08. The prosecutor did not comment on whether there would be criminal charges against the officer in this fatal accident.
How do three off-duty police officers and a friend manage to let their vehicle enter a New York highway going in the wrong direction? That is the question that is pressing on the Linden Police and the many friends and family of the four men. After entering the highway, they crashed with a tractor trailer in a horrifyingly fatal accident that killed one police officer and another passenger in the 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.
Vision Zero is a plan devised by the de Blasio administration to ultimately eliminate New York City traffic deaths. The Mayor can take some satisfaction in seeing that the fatal accident numbers have in fact fallen in most neighborhoods through the five boroughs from 2013, when the plan was implemented, through the end of 2014. In large sections of Queens, northern Manhattan and southeast Brooklyn, the number of fatal accidents either decreased or stayed the same.
The recent death of "60 Minutes" reporter Bob Simon will spark investigations to get to the cause of the tragedy. He died while riding in a Lincoln Town Car that was operated by a 44-year-old Afghan immigrant. The fatal accident occurred on the West Side Highway in New York City when the Lincoln veered toward the center lane and hit a Mercedes that was stopped at a red light.
A recent Tuesday evening was a time of tragedy when a commuter train and a sport utility vehicle collided on the tracks north of New York City. The fatal accident left six people dead and 12 others injured. Governor Cuomo described it as a truly gruesome scene. Still, considering the gravity of the circumstances, authorities said that it is miraculous that more passengers were not injured or killed.
Under New York Mayor de Blasio, the city has beefed up its efforts to cut down on pedestrian injuries and deaths on the city's streets. In a rare move that may indicate a change in policy, police arrested a Metro bus driver recently after the bus he was operating struck and killed a 78-year-old man who was crossing the street. The fatal accident occurred in Brooklyn near Farragut Road and New York Avenue.
One of the more dangerous predicaments a driver can face is that of breaking down on a fast-paced New York highway. Depending on the circumstances, it may be tough to decide whether it is safer to wait inside the car or outside of it while waiting for rescue assistance. A fatal accident or one causing serious injuries can occur either way.