NYPD: 1,295 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 14 Killed in Traffic in November

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Twenty-five people died in New York City traffic in November, and 4,222 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of November, 138 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 13,523 injured, compared to 161 deaths and 14,721 injuries for the same period in 2013.

Citywide, at least 10 pedestrians and two cyclists were fatally struck by drivers: two pedestrians and one cyclist in Manhattan; two pedestrians and one cyclist in the Bronx; four pedestrians in Brooklyn; three pedestrians in Queens; and one pedestrian in Staten Island. Among the victims were Alex Davis, Melvina Hibbert, Edmund Chou, Julian Mendez Porres, Jenna Daniels, Latchman Singh, Mohammad Uddin, Robert Perry, Shan Zheng, Jason Aitcheson, and an unnamed male pedestrian in Queens.

Motorists killed at least one child and three seniors in November: Mohammad Uddin, 14; Melvina Hibbert, 76; Edmund Chou, 79; and Julian Mendez Porres, 88.

Motorists killed at least one cyclist whose death was not covered in the press.

Across the city, 1,017 pedestrians and 278 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 on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death: the Manhattan driver accused of striking Robert Perry and leaving the scene was charged with homicide. There were no reports of police and district attorneys applying the city’s Right of Way law following a fatal crash in November. 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.

In one case, immediately after a pedestrian was killed, police exonerated the driver by telling the press the victim was “outside the crosswalk.” In two cases, NYPD publicly blamed seniors struck by motorists for their own deaths.

Eight motorists and three passengers died in the city in November; 1,354 and 1,573 were injured, respectively.

There were 16,906 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 3,111 that resulted in injury or death.

Download November NYPD summons data here. NYPD posts geocoded crash data here. Crash and summons data from prior months is available in multiple formats here.

Below are contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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  • Bolwerk

    Cyclists scarcely seem to violate the sidewalk law at all though. And it’s easy to violate, and in most cases you get away with it even if caught. By your logic, there should chaos.

  • ahwr

    What are you talking about?

  • Bolwerk

    In case you’ve forgotten your own premise, you claimed that pedestrians would run amok on bikeways. Cyclists don’t exactly run amok on sidewalks, despite ample opportunity. Do you understand why?

  • Joe R.

    Yes, and the reason is because a sidewalk designed for people on foot is decidedly less pleasant to ride on than a street. Besides the curb cuts every block, you can’t go as fast as you can on the street, you have to watch for people exiting buildings or parked cars. A sidewalk is simply a place of last resort to ride on if the parallel street is either blocked or very unpleasant/dangerous to ride on. I very rarely ride on sidewalks, and then only as long as is needed to pass whatever is making the street unusable.

    For similar reasons, any type of bikeway is going to be decidedly less pleasant for people on foot than a sidewalk, unless that sidewalk is blocked or in really bad condition.

    In general people stick to infrastructure designed for their mode because it’s usually safer and more pleasant than the alternatives. The spillover of pedestrians into protected bike lanes is less about people preferring to walk in the bike lane and more about the sidewalks just not being wide enough to accommodate existing levels of pedestrian traffic. You simply can’t use that to say those same people would be in an elevated bikeway if it existed because they walk in bike lanes now.

    Even on the bridges, when people walk on the bike side it’s often simply because the entrance to the pedestrian side requires a lot of extra walking. That’s understandable. In the case of elevated bike viaducts, it actually requires a lot of extra walking to reach the entrances/exits in order to use them. That alone is a big disincentive.

    None of this of course means that we couldn’t build an elevated walkway parallel to the bikeway, with its own entrances/exits (stairs on every block?). This might actually help sell the idea. Those who don’t ride a bike would have a nice place to walk, free from the motorized menaces which ply NYC streets.

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