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3 pedestrians killed, 1 injured, in New York area crashes

A string of pedestrian accidents in three different boroughs left three people dead and one person critically injured last Tuesday. The fatal victims in the accidents were a 71-year-old man, an 81-year-old woman, and a woman in her 50s. The critically injured man is 87. All of the victims were pedestrians.

In the first accident, a 71-year-old man from Astoria was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing Meeker Avenue at 6:05 a.m. In the next accident, an 81-year-old woman was hit in the Bronx at 9 a.m. as she was crossing the road. A driver was turning left when he struck the woman. In that case, police charged the driver with failure to yield to a pedestrian.

Later, at 5:20 p.m., a Ford F-150 struck the woman in her 50s in Gerritsen Beach. Lastly, at 6:40 p.m. in Manhattan, the 87-year-old man was hit by a taxi on Grand Street. As of last reports, he was still at Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.

Pedestrian safety in the New York area should be an important concern for all residents and visitors of our beautiful city. These days, the problem of pedestrian accidents only seems to be getting worse as negligent drivers are more distracted than ever by cellphones and other electronic devices.

Those who have been seriously hurt in a pedestrian crash -- and family members of those who have been killed -- may have strong civil court lawsuits that they can pursue to seek financial justice and restitution. If successfully navigated, such a claim could bring injured parties and their families money to pay for financial damages stemming from the accidents.

Source: New York Daily News, "Pedestrian-involved crashes in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens leave three dead, one in critical condition," John Annese, March 08, 2017

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