NYPD: 1,376 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, Eight Killed in Traffic in May

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Fifteen people died in New York City traffic in May, and 4,988 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of May, 64 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed by city motorists this year, and 6,169 injured, compared to 66 deaths and 6,040 injuries for the same period in 2012.

Citywide, at least six pedestrians and two cyclists were fatally struck by drivers: two pedestrians in the Bronx; one pedestrian and two cyclists in Brooklyn; and three pedestrians in Queens. Among the victims were Elba Granizo, Manuel Verdesoto, Rafael Diaz, Zuleimi Torres, Mai Zhang, and an unidentified male cyclist in Brooklyn. At least four of the eight pedestrians and cyclists reported killed by motorists in May were seniors: Elba Granizo, 75; Manuel Verdesoto, 82; Rafael Diaz, 73; and Mai Zhang, 74.

Across the city, 981 pedestrians and 395 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of six fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. 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.

Six motorists and one passenger died in the city in May; 1,731 and 1,881 were injured, respectively. More vehicle occupants were injured in May than in any single month since at least January 2012, according to NYPD data.

There were 18,6459 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month — also more than in any single month since at least January 2012.

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

After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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  • Jesse

    The majority of people injured are inside the car. Don’t they realize that a city with safer streets works in their interest too?

  • Jesse

    The majority of people injured are inside the car. Don’t they realize that a city with safer streets works in their interest too?

  • Jesse

    The majority of people injured are inside the car. Don’t they realize that a city with safer streets works in their interest too?

  • Mark Walker

    A quick look at the top contributing factors discredits the “accident” euphemism. See how many of them involve volition. An “accident” is no accident when a driver follows too closely, fails to yield, changes lanes unsafely, passes improperly, turns improperly, or drives over the limit.

  • JamesR

    Driver Inattention Distraction is #1? And this is just for one month?

    We need to start pulling mass numbers of NYC area drivers off the road. They simply do not belong there and are not capable of safe, responsible operation of a motor vehicle.

    Maybe that’d also clean up the air a bit, so that I could ride my bike to work on days like today instead of being stuck inside due to the combination of an Air Quality Alert and asthma.

  • JamesR

    Driver Inattention Distraction is #1? And this is just for one month?

    We need to start pulling mass numbers of NYC area drivers off the road. They simply do not belong there and are not capable of safe, responsible operation of a motor vehicle.

    Maybe that’d also clean up the air a bit, so that I could ride my bike to work on days like today instead of being stuck inside due to the combination of an Air Quality Alert and asthma.

  • JamesR

    Driver Inattention Distraction is #1? And this is just for one month?

    We need to start pulling mass numbers of NYC area drivers off the road. They simply do not belong there and are not capable of safe, responsible operation of a motor vehicle.

    Maybe that’d also clean up the air a bit, so that I could ride my bike to work on days like today instead of being stuck inside due to the combination of an Air Quality Alert and asthma.

  • JamesR

    Driver Inattention Distraction is #1? And this is just for one month?

    We need to start pulling mass numbers of NYC area drivers off the road. They simply do not belong there and are not capable of safe, responsible operation of a motor vehicle.

    Maybe that’d also clean up the air a bit, so that I could ride my bike to work on days like today instead of being stuck inside due to the combination of an Air Quality Alert and asthma.

  • JamesR

    Driver Inattention Distraction is #1? And this is just for one month?

    We need to start pulling mass numbers of NYC area drivers off the road. They simply do not belong there and are not capable of safe, responsible operation of a motor vehicle.

    Maybe that’d also clean up the air a bit, so that I could ride my bike to work on days like today instead of being stuck inside due to the combination of an Air Quality Alert and asthma.

  • JamesR

    Driver Inattention Distraction is #1? And this is just for one month?

    We need to start pulling mass numbers of NYC area drivers off the road. They simply do not belong there and are not capable of safe, responsible operation of a motor vehicle.

    Maybe that’d also clean up the air a bit, so that I could ride my bike to work on days like today instead of being stuck inside due to the combination of an Air Quality Alert and asthma.

  • Joe R.

    Amen! I’m also getting sick and tired of pretty much being stuck indoors until late nights 6 months of the year on account of air quality. In the summers it’s so bad you can literally taste the exhaust. If we got the incompetent drivers off the roads permanently I think that would decrease traffic levels by half. That’s a good start. After this, levy a congestion tax to get half of those remaining off the roads.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, can someone tell me where I will find analogous data for bike-on-ped crashes? Has the city started putting that info out yet? They’re supposed to, right? (and so I betray the large gaps in my livable streets knowledge)

  • Jeff

    I like to take it a step further. Even if no traffic rules are broken, do we “accidentally” design streets that prioritize motorized traffic? Is it an “accident” that the gasoline tax and cost of auto ownership is kept low, while public transit and other safer modes are marginalized and/or inconvenient? An “accident” that we provide loads of free parking to encourage additional auto trips? Did we “accidentally” decide that “green means go”, whether there is a kid chasing a ball in the street, or a senior citizen who needs a few more seconds to cross the street? No, it doesn’t sound like an “accident” at all. It sounds like systemic failure.

  • Eric McClure

    Cat got your tongue, Dorothy Rabinowitz?

  • The last bike-on-ped fatality was in 2009. It was in all the papers, and most of the blogs, even the ones that had nothing to do with traffic or bicycles or pedestrian safety. I don’t know where to find the wreck reports yet, they were supposed to start keeping them starting last April (2012). As of yet I have not seen anyone with a link to those stats, and I want to see them, too.

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