NYPD: 1,355 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 15 Killed in Traffic in August

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Twenty-six people were killed in New York City traffic in August, and 4,743 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

Citywide, 14 pedestrians and 1 cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: four pedestrians in Manhattan; three pedestrians in the Bronx; three pedestrians and one cyclist in Brooklyn; three pedestrians in Queens; and one pedestrian in Staten Island. Among the victims were Alberto Serrano, Luis Ruiz, Thackoo Hargobin, Jermaine Elliott, Sorel Deps-Medina, Jason Tavarez, Jessica Dworkin and one unidentified female pedestrian.

Of eight fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, two motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Feliz Orlando was charged with manslaughter by Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson for allegedly running over Jason Tavarez intentionally. In a rare case of a criminal prosecution of a driver who was not drunk and did not flee the scene, Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes charged Javier Hernandez with manslaughter and homicide for the killing of Alberto Serrano.

Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.

At least two seniors were killed by motorists in August: Luis Ruiz, 81, and Sorel Deps-Medina, age 70.

Across the city, 853 pedestrians and 503 cyclists were hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few if any of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Eight motorists and three passengers died in the city in August; 1,630 and 1,758 were injured, respectively.

There were 17,108 motor vehicle crashes in the city in August. After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

Download August NYPD summons data here.

Crash and summons data from prior months is available in multiple formats here.

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  • Larry Littlefield

    We still aren’t getting data on those killed and injured by bicycles.  Unless that and the carnage from motor vehicle accidents are reported together, there will be no pespective.  Every report of a bicycle collision will be reported as if it is the only traffic accident that ever occured.

  • Anonymous

    “Following too closely” once again takes second place among contributing factors to injuries and deaths.

    And yet has any driver here in the city been pulled over for doing that?  And the outcry about it from the Bikes Kill All crowd–where’s that again?

  • Larry Littlefield

    Following too closely was something I really had to work on when teaching my daughters to drive.  Because I had to teach them to follow less closely than everyone else, even as other drivers honked at them or cut in front.  It’s good that both they and the car are now in Upstate New York.

  • Anonymous

    Change the headline to “1,355 New Yorkers Injured, 15 Killed by Guns in August” and even Mike Bloomberg would be calling for Ray Kelly to resign.

  • Juanitob

    killed by bicycle? i’d be surprise if there were more than 1 person all year. 

  • A column of zero people killed by cyclists in August would itself be a powerful message, next to the 14 pedestrians killed by motorists. It would report the obvious but apparently that’s what’s needed. Half the New Yorkers you talk to will claim with a straight face to be more afraid of cyclists than motorists. Probably more than half the city council. They all need to go back to school.

    The police should be required to report the numbers in parallel, especially since they are so quick to cough up the “bicycle is a vehicle” line when cyclists turn right at a red light (but not when cyclists occupy a regular lane).

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