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In Deadly Week for Pedestrians, No Consequences for Drivers

1:34 PM EDT on September 16, 2010

Photo: Google Street View
Photo: Google Street View

This has been a deadly week for New York City pedestrians, with three New Yorkers losing their lives in traffic collisions in three days, and another in critical condition.

On Monday, an SUV driver hit and killed two-year-old Shamira Zaman in Queens Village as she crossed the street to greet an uncle. The NYPD told reporters that no criminality is suspected.

On Tuesday, a school bus driver hit a Gravesend woman who had the light when she started crossing Ocean Parkway, according to accounts in the Post. NYPD told Streetsblog that she is in critical condition at Lutheran Hospital, and that police suspect no criminality. (Ocean Parkway is slated to receive some of the 1,500 pedestrian countdown timers that DOT is installing across the city, according to a press release put out today by City Council members Brad Lander and Sara Gonzalez.)

Yesterday, a van collided with an ambulance in Elmhurst and then flipped into 75-year-old Rashid Muhammad, killing him. Neither driver has been charged with anything yet, said the NYPD.

In addition, 29-year-old Joydeep Sarkar was hit and killed yesterday at 2:22 a.m. on the northbound side of the FDR Drive, near 72nd Street, according to the NYPD. No criminality is suspected, despite a WPIX report that the crash was a hit-and-run.

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