NYPD: 1,191 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 13 Killed in Traffic in January

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Twenty-one people died in New York City traffic in January, and 3,899 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of January, 13 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 1,191 injured, compared to 20 deaths and 1,297 injuries for the same period in 2013.

Citywide, at least 12 pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers. Among the victims were Xiaoci Hu, Mosa Khatun, Alexander Shear, Cooper Stock, Nydja Herring, Angela Hurtado, Pedro Santiago, Samantha Lee, James Benedict, and unnamed male pedestrians in the Bronx and Queens. At least one child and four seniors were killed by motorists in January: Cooper Stock, 9; Xiaoci Hu, 75; Alexander Shear, 73; Angela Hurtado, 68; and James Benedict, 67.

Across the city, 1,075 pedestrians and 116 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 11 fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death. Michael Pogorzelski was charged with manslaughter and DWI for the crash that killed Staten Island pedestrian James Benedict. 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.

Seven motorists and one passenger died in the city in January; 1,295 and 1,413 were injured, respectively.

There were 16,597 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,938 that resulted in injury or death.

Download January NYPD summons data here. Crashes are mapped 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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  • QueensWatcher

    Causes: Alcohol-123 vs Driver Inattention/Distraction-1957 or Failure to Yield-768, but only the minority cause is criminalized and comes with real penalties. Its right that DWI/DUI is criminalized, but how can we continue to allow stone-cold sober but reckless drivers to kill and injure people on our streets with almost no consequences? You see the data, how can you escape the conclusion that something big needs to change?

  • sammy davis jr jr

    Disturbing.

    Another disturbing fact is that for all of NYPD’s 77 precincts there are only 56 speed guns.

  • Larry Littlefield

    “As of the end of January, 13 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 1,191 injured, compared to 20 deaths and 1,297 injuries for the same period in 2013.”

    Where is the data on those killed or injured after being struck by cyclists? Is Streetsblog not discussing it or are they not providing it? I’d like to see them side by side, along with the number of pedestrians killed in pedestrian-only crashes (sidewalk falls).

  • StepUpAndSaySomething

    No one has been killed by a cyclist in years. If I remember correctly, it was about 5 years ago. I think that’s why they focus on the deaths caused by careless motorists.

  • Ian Turner

    Larry knows, he just wants to see the zeros up there.

  • Failure to yield right of way 768 injuries or fatalities. So ticket the jaywalkers instead of the right turners who hit people in crosswalks with the ROW.

  • BornAgainBicyclist

    I would like to see the zeros up there, too, and I’d also like to see the numbers for people killed or seriously injured by pedestrians.

    Some folks love to note that most instances of cyclists injuring peds go unreported, but there are most certainly many instances of “minor” injuries to pedestrians by drivers that also go unreported.

    Example: when I lived in Jackson Heights/Woodside I watched a livery cab driver make a left turn (from a one-way to another one-way) into a 7-months pregnant woman who was in the *middle* of the crosswalk as he started his turn. She sort of bounced off the front end in what looked like slow-motion and got right back up. I’d seen it from my window and the next morning she happened to be walking by as I left my building. I caught up to her and told her I’d seen the whole thing (I’d been looking out the window to figure out how warmly I should dress, checking out how bundled up others were). She told me that she’d gone to her doctor, who said the baby was fine, and that she wasn’t going to even file a report. Now, obviously, her injuries were quite minor since she was walking to the subway again the next morning, but I’ve always wondered how many similar incidents don’t get reported.

  • qrt145

    An acquaintance of mine was hit by a car, but the injuries were minor (a bruise, maybe a sprain) and there was probably no report of it either (I’d have to ask him to check.) My guess is that there are thousands of cases of pedestrians “bumped” by a driver who is turning or stopping and that don’t make it into the statistics. Those might be similar in severity to the unreported cases of cyclists hitting pedestrians.

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