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NYPD: 1,376 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, Eight Killed in Traffic in May

1:09 PM EDT on June 25, 2013

Fifteen people died in New York City traffic in May, and 4,988 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of May, 64 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed by city motorists this year, and 6,169 injured, compared to 66 deaths and 6,040 injuries for the same period in 2012.

Citywide, at least six pedestrians and two cyclists were fatally struck by drivers: two pedestrians in the Bronx; one pedestrian and two cyclists in Brooklyn; and three pedestrians in Queens. Among the victims were Elba Granizo, Manuel Verdesoto, Rafael Diaz, Zuleimi Torres, Mai Zhang, and an unidentified male cyclist in Brooklyn. At least four of the eight pedestrians and cyclists reported killed by motorists in May were seniors: Elba Granizo, 75; Manuel Verdesoto, 82; Rafael Diaz, 73; and Mai Zhang, 74.

Across the city, 981 pedestrians and 395 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of six fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. 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.

Six motorists and one passenger died in the city in May; 1,731 and 1,881 were injured, respectively. More vehicle occupants were injured in May than in any single month since at least January 2012, according to NYPD data.

There were 18,6459 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month -- also more than in any single month since at least January 2012.

Download May NYPD summons data here. Crash and summons data from prior months is available in multiple formats here.

After the jump: contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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