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Tragic pedestrian crash kills 13-year-old

Two 13-year-old girls were struck by a motor vehicle in Queens late last month. Both of the girls were walking to their high school not far away at approximately 7 a.m., when the accident occurred in Ozone Park. Tragically, one of the girls died and one was seriously injured as a result of the collision.

According to the New York Police Department, a 55-year-old man was driving the green Chevrolet sedan that hit the girls. The girls were crossing Cross Bay Boulevard at the time. The driver, who stayed at the accident scene to wait for police and emergency responders, has yet to be charged in the incident. However, as of last reports, the investigation was still being carried out.

Following the collision, both of the accident victims were rushed to Jamaica Medical Center. One of the girls succumbed to her severe head injuries after arriving at the medical facility. Her friend was treated for a leg injury.

A neighbor, who lives close to where the accident happened in Ozone Park, said that the intersection where the crash happened is a bad one. A parent, whose children also cross the busy street, said that he always tells his children to be careful. Other individuals said that changes are needed to make the intersection safer for pedestrian traffic.

Motor vehicle accidents that result in deceased and/or injured pedestrians may ultimately be ruled the fault of the vehicle driver. Even in cases of "dart-out" crashes, where a pedestrian jumped out into traffic, the driver may have had a duty to slow down and proceed with more caution in the presence of a pedestrian, and thereby the driver might be financially responsible for damages relating to the incident.

Source: abc7ny.com, "1 teen dead, 1 injured after being struck by car in queens," Tim Fleischer, Oct. 31, 2016

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