Jhonn Carlos Fernandez, 35, Killed by Motorcyclist in Washington Heights

For the second time in less than a week, a motorcyclist has struck and killed a NYC pedestrian.

Reports said Jhonn Carlos Fernandez was crossing mid-block when he was fatally struck by a motorcyclist, but did not mention driver speed. Photo: Daily News

The latest crash happened at around 4:20 Saturday morning, in Washington Heights. Jhonn Carlos Fernandez, 35, was walking with friends when he was struck on Amsterdam Avenue near 167th Street, according to reports. Accounts vary, but DNAinfo and the Daily News say Fernandez was crossing mid-block. He died at the scene. From the Post:

His grieving dad, Robinson, said, “He was a hard-working man who was never late for work.

“He was a good son. He was always happy. He loved to dance. He loved salsa and machata.”

Alejandro Cabrerra, 43, a pal of the victim, said, “I’m going to miss his friendship. If he were your friend he would give you his all.”

Fernandez’s brother, Martin Fernandez, 43, said, “A part of me is gone,” as he burst into tears.

Reports said the motorcyclist, an unidentified man, was one of a group of three riding north on Amsterdam Avenue. He was ejected from the motorcycle and was hospitalized in critical condition. No reports that we’ve seen made mention of how fast the motorcyclist was traveling when he hit Fernandez. No charges were filed, according to the Daily News.

On August 11, an unidentified male pedestrian was killed by a motorcyclist at Queens Boulevard and 44th Street. Police told the Daily News that the motorcyclist, who was critically injured, was “not considered at fault.” Four motorcyclists have been killed in traffic crashes since last Wednesday, according to DNAinfo.

Jhonn Carlos Fernandez was killed in the 33rd Precinct, in the council district represented by Ydanis Rodriguez.

On Saturday night, an unidentified teenager was seriously injured by the driver of a minivan on Eastern Parkway at Classon Avenue in Crown Heights. Police told the Post the driver was trying to avoid stopping for a red light when he struck the victim, drove onto the median and hit a light pole and a bench.

“The driver mowed the guy down and lost control,” said a witness. “I ran right up to the kid, and he was breathing faintly, face down.”

The pedestrian was hospitalized in serious condition, the Post said, and no charges were immediately filed.

The Crown Heights crash occurred on the border of the 71st and 77th Precincts, in the City Council district represented by Tish James.

Two police officers were also struck and injured by drivers in separate crashes over the weekend. One driver, who hit the officer during a traffic stop, fled the scene.

  • anon

    We need to move to a strict liability standard for motor vehicle crashes. This would mean that any operator of a motor vehicle involved in a crash is considered 100% at fault and has the burden to prove contributory fault by the other involved party. For a pedestrian or cyclist, this means that the motor vehicle operator is at fault and must prove the pedestrian did something that caused the crash or is partly responsible. For two motor vehicles, they are both at fault and each must prove the other caused or contributed to the crash. Right now, it seems that the pedestrian or cyclist is always judged to be 100% at fault until proven otherwise.

  • Albert

    If “not considered at fault” is actually a valid statement about so many of the drivers of these deadly urban motor vehicles—leaving no apparent way to stop the thousands of annual deaths & injuries the motor vehicles cause—then doesn’t it logically follow that there is Something Inherently Wrong With The Entire Category Of Motor Vehicles as currently used in urban areas?

    And doesn’t it then follow that The Vehicles Themselves need to be radically regulated? Speed governors, appropriately high usage fees, total bans, etc.?

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