Ped Struck as Cab Runs Into Storefront at 53rd and Madison


David Dartley sends this in: 

Perhaps it’s just as well that I only had the crappy camera on my cell phone and you can’t see much detail.

A taxi had smashed into a storefront on Madison Ave. just above 53rd St. On the other side of a taxi, there was a person lying face-down on the curb and a firefighter pouring sawdust on the sidewalk to soak up a pool of blood. 

Was there any good reason for this to happen? Do we need to take drastic steps to strengthen the measures that get this kind of driver off the street, or don’t we? There is no reason on earth for society to condone this kind of driving in cities.
  • Jason A

    Yikes! That’s on my bike route home….

  • mike

    Walking and biking around yesterday, (car) traffic was acting much more aggressively (read: psychopathic) than usual last night. This made me quite angry, as it seems these drivers didn’t notice the thousands of kids out trick-or-treating. Of course, though the cops were out in force, they didn’t seem to be enforcing any traffic laws.

    Why do we accept this as status quo?

  • Mark Fleischmann

    I would love to see bollards (the thick, hard, metal type) along every sidewalk where they could possibly be installed without causing a problem.

  • ME

    Mike — I had the same concern last night as I was biking home, and actually confronted an SUV driver who I’d seen speeding down Bleecker St. as hundreds of toddlers were out trick-or-treating. I tried the courteous tack and politely asked the driver to please slow down as he was endangering all the little kids. He just laughed me off.

    Sigh. How can we get drivers to slow down? What argument could be more convincing than, “slow down before you kill a little kid!”?

  • Gerg

    They spread sand (not sawdust) on spilled gasoline, not blood. Well perhaps they spread it on any fluids near a car just in case it’s gasoline.

  • Here’s one way to slow down drivers on Bleecker Street: Turn it into a transit, delivery, bike and pedestrians-only corridor.

  • ME

    Here, here Aaron! I’m with you.

    But how about the larger issue of getting drivers to slow down and drive more cautiously? Have you seen the terrific video put out by Atlanta’s PEDS?

  • ddartley

    This is the third pedestrian I have seen injured by a car in six months.

  • Steve

    Even in situations where the well-documented risks have already resulted in death, nothing gets done until SEVERAL people die over a period of years, as on Third Avenue in Brooklyn. Here’s the next “accident” (read: DEATH) waiting to happen:

  • Spud Spudly

    I don’t think society “condones” this type of driving. But if you mean by “this kind of driver” the kind that probably never saw a car as large as a Crown Victoria before and is now driving one 12-hours-a-day in Manhattan traffic only two weeks after getting off the plane at JFK, then yes, we do need to stop them. Is there any kind of separate road test to get a hack license? If not, there should be.

  • A very simple solution to this kind of danger is street parking. Not only does it slow cars down by reducing the travel lanes, but parked cars act as a barrier between the street and sidewalk. Wide streets with no parking are designed more like highways than urban streets for people.

  • brent

    Not to worry people- we are guaranteed completely safe streets in the very near future. The mayor’s congestion pricing plan as well as every single other one I’ve read (in abbreviated form) all agree on “Enforcing existing traffic laws”. You don’t even need to think about the feasibility or logistics of this generalized statement. It just has a nice ring to it. You can be rest assured that no matter in what form a congestion plan arrives, we can count immediately on reckless motoring to be reigned in everywhere in the 5 boros 100% of the time.

  • ddartley

    Gerg (#5), noted. It may indeed have been car fluids, not blood. I did not mean to sensationalize unnecessarily. Maybe I was a little too disturbed by seeing the aftermath not to jump to conclusions.

  • eva

    I was right there too. I pass that way every morning, so was freaked out for over an hour – it could have BEEN me. I hope!/wonder if she survived….

  • alex

    I too noticed more aggressive driving during my bike ride home last night. I couldn’t figure it out until I realized it was halloween and every a$$hole from NJ and CT decided to drive in to our city.
    Why do people who live outside of NYC feel like they have to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. on steroids when they decide to drive into our city?

  • moocow

    I rode from Rock Center, to Carroll Gardens to pass out candy, then back to work in Queens. There was very aggressive, angry driving, until I lined up behind a box truck where Kent becomes Franklin. This guy was driving somewhat cautiously, for Kent, (which is a race track at all hours of the day and night) In his slipstream I could smell his fresh exhalations of pot as we rolled along, on Halloween, during prime trick or treating time. And somehow it is wrong to preemptively remove these people from the driving public?

  • mork

    He was driving somewhat cautiously? Maybe we should make all drivers smoke pot.

  • Jane

    I’m the person with the green bag and I saw the whole thing happen inches in front of me. This guy came out of nowhere — and if you look at how crumpled the hood of the cab is, it gives you an idea that he must have been going pretty fast.



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