NYC Motorists Kill 2 Pedestrians and Critically Injure 2 Others in 3 Days

Giovani Romano was charged with failing to yield for fatally striking Alfiya Djuraeva at 20th Avenue and Bath Avenue in Brooklyn. He was not charged for taking her life. Image: Google Maps
Giovani Romano was charged with failing to yield for fatally striking Alfiya Djuraeva at 20th Avenue and Bath Avenue in Brooklyn. He was not charged for taking her life. Image: Google Maps

In four separate crashes since Thursday, at least two people have been struck and killed while walking, and two others were critically injured.

Last Thursday afternoon Giovani Romano hit 56-year-old Alfiya Djuraeva with a Buick while turning left at 20th Avenue and Bath Avenue in Bath Beach, according to the Daily News and WNBC. Djuraeva suffered trauma to her head and torso and died at Lutheran Hospital.

Romano, 74, was issued a desk appearance ticket for failing to yield, but was not charged for the act of killing Alfiya Djuraeva. The crash occurred in the 62nd Precinct and in the City Council district represented by Vincent Gentile.

Early Saturday morning, a BMW driver going the wrong way on 181st Street near Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights hit two people and a pickup truck, then fled the scene, the Daily News reported. A male pedestrian, 46, was killed. The second victim, a 46-year-old woman, was hospitalized. The deceased victim’s name was being withheld pending family notification, NYPD told Streetsblog.

Police charged Jonathan Segura, 34, with manslaughter, leaving the scene, and drunk driving, after Segura turned himself in, the News said.

The driver of this BMW left the scene after critically injuring a pedestrian in Williamsburg. Image: NYPD
The driver of this BMW left the scene after critically injuring a pedestrian in Williamsburg. Image: NYPD

Hours before the fatal Manhattan crash, another hit-and-run driver in a BMW critically injured a woman in Williamsburg. The motorist struck the victim, reported to be in her 30s, at around 1 a.m. as she attempted to hail a cab near the intersection of Rodney Street and Metropolitan Avenue, according to Gothamist. The driver was not caught.

At approximately 2:36 a.m. Sunday a yellow cab driver hit a 25-year-old man as the victim crossed W. 15th Street near 10th Avenue in Manhattan, the Daily News reported. A photo published by the News shows a pool of blood on the street a couple of car lengths away from a crosswalk.

The unidentified victim was in critical condition at Bellevue. The driver was not charged.

  • I walk NY

    Vision Zero is a failure along with Mayor De Blasio! More pedestrians are getting hurt than ever before. This is what happens when the city lowers the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph,it causes congestion and frustration for everyone.

  • Bernard Finucane

    It is incredible how badly designed the streets are. The driving lanes on Bath are about twice as wide as they need to be, and the corners are optimized for fast turns. The picture of Bath & 20th shows 3 parked cars blocking visibility at the intersection.

  • mattkime

    show me where speed is actually restricted due to the lowered speed limit

  • Brad Aaron

    You went to a lot of trouble, creating a Disqus handle just to make a comment that includes zero facts.

  • iSkyscraper

    De Blasio is a failure in many ways, but his half-hearted efforts on Vision Zero have at least been better than the zero effort most mayors make in cities across North America. The speed limit change has been a positive move, and anyone who thinks it causes “congestion and frustration” should perhaps spend a little more time understanding a subject before speaking about it.

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