Staten Island Motorist Strikes Couple, Killing Elderly Man; No Charges Filed

Jefferson Avenue at Mason Avenue, where a motorist making a left turn struck a Staten Island couple Friday evening, killing one. Image: Google Maps

A motorist who killed an elderly man and injured his wife on Staten Island has been cleared of responsibility by NYPD.

Bujar Hasimja, 72, and his 64-year-old wife were crossing Jefferson Avenue at Mason Avenue, near their home, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday when the driver of a Nissan SUV hit them while making a left turn, according to reports.

The Post reported that Hasimja was declared dead on arrival at Staten Island University Hospital, and his wife, whose name was not released, suffered “minor injuries.”

If the crash occurred as described by police, at the very least the motorist failed to yield. Details such as vehicle speed and whether the driver may have been using a phone or was otherwise distracted are rarely divulged by NYPD.

Within hours of the crash, NYPD issued its boilerplate “No criminality suspected” statement to the press. There is about a 50 percent chance that the driver will not receive so much as a traffic summons for running over two people who had the right of way.

As pedestrians continue be wounded and killed at an alarming rate, their killers unpenalized by NYPD, the City Council continues to focus on delivery cyclists and parking perks.

This fatal crash occurred in the 122nd Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Joseph B. Veneziano, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 122nd Precinct council meetings happen at 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the precinct, 2320 Hylan Boulevard. Call 718-667-2292 for more information.

The City Council district where Bujar Hasimja was killed is represented by Minority Leader James Oddo, an enemy of bike lanes who has supported neighborhood slow zones while also stating that “drivable roads” for Staten Island motorists are his primary concern. Another pedestrian, Suying Du, was killed by a motorist in Oddo’s district last November. To encourage Oddo to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 212-788-7159, joddo@council.nyc.gov or @HeyNowJO.

  • Seniors for Safety/NBBL

    Yes, but is that bike lane still on Prospect Park West?

  • HamTech87

    Huge road widths there.  That road just asking for speeding.

  • Eric McClure

    Ridiculously wide roads. And how does a driver who’s cleared of criminality stop at a stop sign, and then run two people over while making a left turn, where they would be well within his view? Did he run the stop sign? Did NYPD check the black box? Check his phone records?

    Meanwhile, the City Council is working hard to make sure parkers are given 24 hours’ notice of temporary parking changes. Arrgh.

  • Andrew

    §4-04(b)(1) Operators to yield to pedestrians in crosswalk. When traffic control signals or pedestrian control signals are not in place or not in operation, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is in the path of the vehicle or is approaching so closely thereto as to be in danger.

    @EricMcClure:disqus Regardless of whether he stopped for the stop sign or what the black box might have recorded or whether he was on the phone, the motorist was plainly in violation of §4-04(b)(1). How is that “no criminality”?

  • Anonymous

     You should list the appropriate DA’s office too.  NYPD is likely to be far too corrupt to do anything, and it seems to be hard to get City Council to oversee them.

    The DAs, in contrast, are directly elected.

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