NYPD: 914 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, Nine Killed in Traffic in February

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Twelve people died in New York City traffic in February, and 3,077 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of February, 22 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 2,105 injured, compared to 33 deaths and 2,408 injuries for the same period in 2013. NYPD reported fewer pedestrian and cyclist injuries in February — 914 — than in any other month since January 2012.

Citywide, at least eight pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: five pedestrians and a cyclist in Brooklyn, and three pedestrians in Queens. Among the victims were Jelani Irving, Martha Tibillin-Guamug, Ruben Rivera, Margarita Seda, Kaneez Hussein, and Gedalia Gruntzweig. At least three seniors were killed by motorists in February: Ruben Rivera, 81; Margarita Seda, 80; and Kaneez Hussein, 73.

Another pedestrian, Stanislav Chernyshov, 73, was struck and killed by a backhoe operator in Brooklyn.

Across the city, 820 pedestrians and 94 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of nine 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.

Two motorists and one passenger died in the city in February; 1,028 and 1,135 were injured, respectively.

There were 15,683 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,324 that resulted in injury or death.

Download February 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 in injury and fatal crashes.

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  • Ian Turner

    This reduction in injuries/fatalities is great news. I wonder if the media coverage of Vision Zero is having an effect on driver behavior.

  • ped

    The numbers associated with cellphones and electronic devices is remarkably low compared to national data and push for safer roads. Is NYC unique or is this mis- or under- reported?

  • Reader

    It could be a number of factors, including weather. Lots of snow on the roads and freezing temperatures could very well have resulted in fewer people being out and about. February 2013 was far milder than February 2014.

  • WoodyinNYC

    Why so passive?

    Passive voice sentences obscure the truth. Let me edit some for you:

    As of the end of February, 22 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year. . .

    As of the end of February this year, city motorists killed 22 pedestrians and cyclists according to reports . . .

    Citywide, at least eight pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers:

    Citywide, drivers fatally struck at least eight pedestrians and one cyclist:

    Another pedestrian, Stanislav Chernyshov, 73, was struck and killed by a backhoe operator in Brooklyn. . . .

    A backhoe operator in Brooklyn struck and killed another pedestrian, Stanislav Chernyshov, 73, . . .

    Across the city, 820 pedestrians and 94 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these injury-causing crashes were investigated by trained officers.

    Across the city, collisions with motor vehicles hurt 820 pedestrians and 94 cyclists, according to reports. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

    The act of killing pedestrians and bicyclists deserves active voice reporting, which we usually see here. Keep up the good work.

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