It's natural to assume that an ambulance must be one of the safest vehicles on the road. After all, its whole purpose is to save lives and help the injured. With emergency lights and sirens, other traffic has to give it a wide berth.
An 88-year-old Whitestone woman, who struck and killed a 17-year-old driver from Flushing on June 25, has agreed to plead guilty to reckless endangerment charges for causing her death.
The Vision Zero initiative, which remains in effect in Queens and all other parts of New York City (NYC) aims to reduce the incidence rate of pedestrian and motorist injuries and deaths. While as a whole, the first six months of 2018 was marked by a significant reduction in the amount of traffic-related fatalities, the number of individuals that have either been injured or killed in Queens so far this year is staggering nonetheless.
Each year, thousands of pedestrians are struck by motorists as they attempt to walk to work, school, in parking lots or in other public spaces. Many suffer catastrophic injuries when a car crashes into them. Some die. Many could have avoided getting hurt had motorists been a bit safer.
A motorist and a bicyclist collided, killing the 22-year-old rider at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street in Astoria. The fatal collision occurred on July 23 at around 11 p.m.
Accidents between cars and bicycles are among the most dangerous crashes that can occur. Even a cyclist with proper riding gear and a bike helmet has relatively little protection during the accident. There is a high chance of a fatality.
On Wednesday, June 6, countless bicyclists lined the bike lane nearby the intersection of 39th Street and 43rd Avenue in the Sunnyside. They did so in hopes of reminding Queens Community Board members of the importance of protecting bicyclists. The location the advocates selected to quietly protest from happens to the same stretch of roadway where a local resident was mowed down by a driver while on his bike last year.
A recent City of New York Police Department (NYPD) report shows that during April of 2018, at least 17,893 motor vehicle collisions occurred citywide. Data compiled by the department shows that 35,611 drivers and 1,452 passengers had their lives impacted by these crashes. Another 290 bicyclists and 719 pedestrians were involved as well.
We often hear on the news about how a drunk or distracted driver caused a car crash and for good reason.
A 59-year-old bicyclist with a prosthetic leg died on March 19, some seven months after having been hit and left to die by a motorist in Queens.