How Many NYC Children Were Injured or Killed by Muni-Meters Last Week?

It barely made news and we didn’t hear a peep about it from any elected, but at least three children were seriously injured by drivers in Brooklyn and the Bronx late last week.

At least three kids were put in the hospital by drivers last week. No press conferences were held. Photo: Post

On the morning of Thursday, May 2, a 12-year-old boy was hit by a motorist at Bath Avenue and 24th Street, near Bath Playground and Joseph B. Cavallaro Junior High School. According to the Post, the child suffered head trauma, and was “expected to survive.”

At around the same time, another 12-year-old boy was hit by a school bus driver while riding his bike on 12th Avenue at 40th Street in Borough Park. From the Post:

Witnesses said he was struck by the rear tire while the bus was making a wide turn.

She Rosenbaum, 38, said the child stopped in his store to buy a soda before the accident, and then got on the bicycle.

“I saw the kid’s leg under the bus. I called the Hatzollah ambulance,” said She Rosenabum, 38. “He was screaming and yelling in pain.”

Rosenbaum said the child’s mother came to see him, and was distraught. “She was definitely crying ‘what happened? What’s going to be? I want you to live’,” he said. “He comes here every morning.”

On Saturday, a 7-year-old boy was struck by a driver on East Gun Hill Road at Decatur Avenue in the Bronx. News 12 reported that the child exited a double-parked van before he was hit. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

Traffic crashes have for some time been the leading cause of injury-related death for children in New York City. According to the latest report on child injury deaths from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene [PDF], 144 kids aged one through 12 were killed in crashes from 2001 to 2010. Of those victims, 93 — or 65 percent — were pedestrians.

Since January 2012, no fewer than 11 kids aged 14 and under have been killed by city motorists, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog.

The gruesome, ongoing killing and maiming of children in full view of the public, meanwhile, hardly registers among city politicians. The City Council, led by Speaker Christine Quinn and transportation chair James Vacca, maintains its preoccupation with parking and electric bikes, through legislation prompted by complaint and anecdote rather than empirical data. The day before two more children were mangled in his borough, Brooklyn Council Member David Greenfield proudly declared himself a motorist who is “all about the cars.” Greenfield’s district has seen at least five pedestrian and cyclist deaths since January 2012, including that of a 15-year-old girl.

At the state level, a speed camera program intended to slow drivers near NYC schools remains in limbo thanks primarily to State Senator Marty Golden, who would rather curry favor with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association than help safeguard the physical safety of city pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

  • Unfortunate the Borough Park boy was on a bike. The most pressing question to our backward media then becomes: was he wearing a helmet?

  • Jeff

    Parking would be easy and plentiful if it weren’t for the city’s meddling with its burdensome regulations and enforcement. Traffic violence, on the other hand, is simply an unfortunate side-effect of the benefits of a modern society. The city has the ability to return parking to its natural, hassel-free state, yet has no power against the force of nature that is death or injury by automobile.

    Yes, I know it sounds stupid when it’s written out in plain English, but this really is the thought process that leads to these priorities.

  • Voice of reason

    Come on, Streetsblog! You’re so biased. David Greenfield had not choice but to focus on Muni Meters once he found out one of his constituents may have lost as much as TWO DOLLARS from a faulty machine! Quit being such radical, Kool-Aid drinking zealots and let the man fight the good fight, okay?

  • Anonymous

    I pretty much hate everything about NYC except for Streetsblog and where I had my first Banh Mi in Brooklyn.

  • So it looks like more children in NYC were killed or injured by motor vehicles than by all the terrorists in the entire USA.

  • Anonymous

    Kids don’t vote…especially dead ones.

  • Daniel Winks

    Yes, because the helmet would have prevented a bus from running over his legs…

    The overwhelming majority of fatal/serious injuries in vehicle/cyclist collisions occur somewhere OTHER than the head.

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