Two Manhattan Pedestrians Killed 24 Hours Apart

Two Manhattan pedestrians were killed in a span of just over 24 hours this week.

According to NYPD, on Monday at approximately 10:20 p.m., Steven Reese was crossing E. 125th Street near Lexington Avenue when he was hit by the driver of an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Suburban. Reese, 58, was pronounced dead on arrival at Harlem Hospital. The driver remained at the scene. No criminality is suspected.

An NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog that the incident report does not indicate the speed of the SUV at the time of the crash. A person struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 mph — the city’s speed limit — has up to an 80 percent chance of surviving the collision. The likelihood of survival drops to 30 percent when the vehicle is moving at 40 mph.

It’s also worth noting that a DNAinfo account says Reese was hit by a van, again pointing to the dearth of reliable information regarding city traffic crashes.

At 10:48 p.m. on Tuesday, DNAinfo reports that an unidentified man was struck and killed by the driver of a livery cab as he ran across FDR Drive near E. 6th Street. The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged.

  • ddartley

    “Hit someone at 40; there’s a 70% chance they’ll die.  Hit someone at 30; it’ll be totally awesome for them!  That’s why it’s 30!”

  • ddartley

    “Hit someone at 40; there’s a 70% chance they’ll die.  Hit someone at 30; it’ll be totally awesome for them!  That’s why it’s 30!”

  • Driver

    There is probably also a big difference between being hit by someone doing 30 in a civic and someone doing 30 in a suburban. 

  • Ron

    There’s lots of “brave” guys on 125th crossing mid-block into traffic, staring cars down and just daring you to hit them.  Maybe they’ll take a cue…  

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