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Two Manhattan Pedestrians Killed 24 Hours Apart

1:55 PM EDT on September 14, 2011

Two Manhattan pedestrians were killed in a span of just over 24 hours this week.

According to NYPD, on Monday at approximately 10:20 p.m., Steven Reese was crossing E. 125th Street near Lexington Avenue when he was hit by the driver of an eastbound 2004 Chevrolet Suburban. Reese, 58, was pronounced dead on arrival at Harlem Hospital. The driver remained at the scene. No criminality is suspected.

An NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog that the incident report does not indicate the speed of the SUV at the time of the crash. A person struck by a vehicle traveling at 30 mph -- the city's speed limit -- has up to an 80 percent chance of surviving the collision. The likelihood of survival drops to 30 percent when the vehicle is moving at 40 mph.

It's also worth noting that a DNAinfo account says Reese was hit by a van, again pointing to the dearth of reliable information regarding city traffic crashes.

At 10:48 p.m. on Tuesday, DNAinfo reports that an unidentified man was struck and killed by the driver of a livery cab as he ran across FDR Drive near E. 6th Street. The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged.

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