Motorists Critically Injure Two NYC Pedestrians in Past 48 Hours

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The intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue where a tow truck driver critically injured an 81-year-old woman crossing the street. Image: ##http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=woodhaven+boulevard+and+atlantic+avenue,+queens&sll=40.696949,-73.852715&sspn=0.004441,0.007639&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Atlantic+Ave+%26+Woodhaven+Blvd,+Queens,+New+York+11421&ll=40.687993,-73.84896&spn=0.008819,0.015278&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=40.687919,-73.84888&panoid=J6iV_bdNvTjKiV73jCDEsg&cbp=12,342.01,,0,12.51##Google Street View##

Separate crashes in the past 48 hours have critically injured two New York City pedestrians.

On Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m., an unidentified 81-year-old woman was crossing Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens when she was struck by a tow-truck driver turning left from westbound Atlantic Avenue. The woman sustained severe trauma to the head and was last listed in critical condition, according to police. Despite the fact that the circumstances of the crash indicate the victim was crossing Woodhaven with a walk signal and the truck driver failed to yield, NYPD gave Streetsblog the standard line that the crash involved “no criminality” and that it “looks like an accident.”

This morning at around 7 a.m., a minivan driver struck a pedestrian at the intersection of 172nd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. The victim was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition. NYPD had no further details on the crash at this time.

Update: The Daily News reports that the victim of the Bronx crash was crossing Jerome when he was struck by a minivan driver heading north, then hit again by a southbound driver. The minivan driver said he didn’t see the victim “until he was right in front of me.” No charges were filed.

  • Marty Barfowitz

    Damned bike lanes.

    I wonder if Tony or Marcia from CBS2 are going to be on the scene to cover these tragic events and call for the city to take action? I wonder if we’ll have any Borough Presidents or City Council Members calling for action?

    Or does CBS2 and NYC’s political class only focus on the imaginary future dangers of NYC DOT’s new pedestrian and cyclist safety measures?

  • How about for each (non-CBS2) news report of car-on-ped violence we come across, we send it in an individual email to both Marcia and Tony, using the subject line “Bike lanes”?

    I didn’t find their email addresses after a quick web search; anyone have them? Failing finding them, we could always write to wcbstvwebteam [] cbs[] com.

  • Marcia Kramer’s Eyebrow

    Don’t worry Marty, I am not on the case.

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