NYPD: 15 Pedestrians, One Cyclist Killed in New York City Traffic in May

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Sixteen vulnerable users were killed on city streets in May, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

City-wide, 15 pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: seven pedestrians in Manhattan; five pedestrians in Brooklyn; and three pedestrians and one cyclist in Queens. Among the victims were Priscilla Wells, Lori Stevens, Maria Tripp, Mireya Gomez, Gabriel Hernandez, Rohan Singh, Peter Guastamacchia, Pietro Palumbo, Amjad Barakat, Roxana Buta, Juanita Rosario and Phyllis Pitt.

Of the 15 fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, four were hit-and-runs. Only in the case of Gabriel Hernandez was a driver known to have been charged for causing a death. The motorist accused of killing Hernandez was also charged with driving while intoxicated. 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.

Across the city, 900 pedestrians and 371 cyclists were hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few if any of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Seven motorists and four passengers died in the city in May; 1,702 and 1,800 were injured, respectively.

There were 17,736 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month. After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

Download May NYPD summons data here.

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  • carma

    holy crap thats a lot of accidents.  the top 3 catch reasons catch my attention.  1.  Driver inattantion.  GET OFF YOUR CELL PHONE AND STOP TEXTING.  2.  Following too closely.  There is very little reason to be tailgaiting.  3.  Failure to Yield Right of Way.  driving 101.  Learn the rules of the road.

    More of a reason why i see we need to make it MUCH harder for motorists to get a license.

    After driving 18 years of my life.  i am proud to say that i was never involved in any accident other than a lady who tried to get out and run a red light and scraped my bumper a bit.

  • Brooklyn resident

    It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison since there are a number of factors listed in the May report, but I checked five Brooklyn precincts’ moving violations summaries from the same month to see how many speeding tickets each one issued.

    The 88th Precinct issued one speeding ticket in May.  The 84th issued four.  The 78th issued zero.  The 77th issued one.  The 76th issued eight. 

    That’s fourteen speeding tickets across five precincts in thirty-one days.

  • not to hark, but I’ve got all of these as both processed CSVs and originals available for download here:


    there’s also an archive going back to December.

    you can subscribe to a feed to be notified when new ones are issued (since it’s rather random and after-the-fact)

  • Ben Kintisch

    Brooklyn Resident:
    Excellent point. I live adjacent to Bedford Avenue, and the regular speeding on that road horrifies me. Not just outside of where I happen to live, but next to a busy YMCA where little kids cross the street with parents all day every day. I have never seen a driver pulled over for speeding in the year that I’ve lived here.

  • Joe R.

    @Ben_Kintisch:disqus Speeding is actually pretty low on the list of contributing factors-#10 actually. Speed enforcement in NYC is fraught with problems, which is why I suspect the police rarely pull anyone over for speeding. When they do, it always seems to be late nights, which is ironically the time when speeding is least harmful. In order to catch a car doing above the speed limit, the police need to drive WAY above the speed limit, perhaps 60 to as high as 100 mph. It’s likely the police chases will kill more people than the speeding does. The only feasible way to reduce speeding is to narrow lanes and/or introduce chicanes, along with roundabouts at intersections. Even the speed cameras which are often suggested here are a bandaid for poor street design which physically allows drivers to speed in the first place.

  • While speed my be only a minor contributor to the wreck happening in the first place, excessive speed is a major factor in the lethality of a wreck. UK and US  studies have shown that when a pedestrian or cyclist is hit by a vehicle going >=20MPH the wreck is 95% survivable and 50% walk away from the wreck. Increase that speed to 30 MPH and the wreck becomes 50% survivable with 15% of pedestrians and cyclists walking away from the wreck. Increase that speed to 40 MPH and the wreck becomes less than 15% survivable and nobody walks away from it that wasn’t inside the vehicle, 100% of victims require transport either by coroner or ambulance. increase that to 50 MPH and and you get less than 5% survivability, and at speeds 60 MPH and above survivability of pedestrians and cyclists is measured in “per million wrecks” to give nice big whole numbers to work with (people that work with statistics are human beings and really don’t like counting dead bodies of people that might be just like them). The vehicle that rammed me from behind was doing “somewhere between 45 and 65MPH, with greatest confidence being 60 MPH”. Yes, I understand what that means, I am a statistical outlier, I should be dead but I’m not. The person that reported my wreck had time to get a cellphone out, and dial “9” and “1” between the time they saw me get hit and fly into the air and the time I hit the ground behind the weapon vehicle.

    And I am 100% in agreement with carma about it being too easy to get a drivers licence in this country and too hard to take one away.