NYPD: 1,499 Pedestrians and Cyclists Injured, 17 Killed in Traffic in October

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Twenty-three people died in New York City traffic in October, and 4,830 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of October, 135 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 13,310 injured, compared to 130 deaths and 12,655 injuries for the same period in 2012.

Citywide, at least 15 pedestrians and two cyclists were fatally struck by drivers: one pedestrian in Manhattan; three pedestrians and one cyclist in the Bronx; five pedestrians and one cyclist in Brooklyn; four pedestrians in Queens; and two pedestrians in Staten Island. Among the victims were Genielle LaborielAllison Liao, Samuel Cohen Eckstein, Jose Torres, John Dozier, Olvin Jahir Figueroa, Antonio Ramirez, Cesar (full name unknown), Ethel Rubinstein, Angel Figueroa, Sheila Rivera, Walter Ayala, and unnamed male pedestrians in Staten Island and Queens. At least three children and two seniors were killed by motorists in October: Allison Liao, 3; Samuel Cohen Eckstein, 12; Olvin Jahir Figueroa, 3; Ethel Rubinstein, 69; and Angel Figueroa, 74.

Across the city, 1,070 pedestrians and 429 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. More pedestrians and cyclists were injured by NYC drivers in October than in any other month in 2013. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 14 fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death: Gilbert Echeverria was charged with manslaughter and driving while intoxicated for the crash that killed Olvin Jahir Figueroa. 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 died in the city in October; 1,552 motorists and 1,779 passengers were injured.

There were 17,700 motor vehicle crashes in the city in October, including 3,567 that resulted in injury or death.

Download October NYPD summons data here. Crashes are mapped 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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  • OK something has to be done about this. There were 17700 wrecks involving almost 35K drivers, 431 cyclists, and 1085 pedestrians. Of the “participants” involved almost all of the drivers walked away (or otherwise left unharmed) while NO cyclists or pedestrians managed to leave the scene under their own power. Of those who didn’t walk away 6 (out of nearly 35K) drivers died, 2 cyclists, and 15 pedestrians. The asymmetry of the caused/received injury or death shows where the enforcement belongs, with the operators of the motor vehicles. But more tickets get written for cyclists riding through red lights in the parks during car-free times, than for speeding tickets in any precinct.

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