Sidewalk-Jumping Driver Kills One Pedestrian, Injures Another in Great Kills

Photos from the scene of a Monday afternoon crash show a Honda on the sidewalk on the northeast corner of Hylan Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue. Image: Google Maps
The northwest corner of Hylan Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue. Image: Google Maps

Update: The victim who died in this crash was identified as Christal Aliotta, 31. As of Tuesday the driver, 23-year-old Michael Fox, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and drug possession, according to the Advance.

Police say charges are pending after a curb-jumping driver killed one pedestrian and injured another in Staten Island this afternoon.

At around 1:44 p.m. a motorist drove onto the sidewalk at Hylan Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue in Great Kills, striking two women, according to the Staten Island Advance. An FDNY spokesperson said two people were transported but did not have information on their conditions. The Advance reported that, according to NYPD, one victim died at the scene, and the other was hospitalized in stable condition.

A photo published by the Advance shows a tan Honda sedan with extensive front end damage on a sidewalk surrounded by police tape. “Several personal items, including a bag and shoes, were strewn about the sidewalk nearby,” the Advance reported.

NYPD told Streetsblog charges against the driver were forthcoming. Police had not released the names of anyone involved in the crash as of this writing.

New York City motorists have fatally struck at least 17 pedestrians on sidewalks, in open fields, and in places of business since January 2013, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog.

This fatal crash occurred in the 122nd Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Captain Robert Bocchino, the commanding officer, go to the next precinct community council meeting. The 122nd Precinct council meetings happen at 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the precinct, 2320 Hylan Blvd. Call 718-667-2292 for information.

The City Council district where this fatal crash occurred is represented by Vincent Ignizio, one of the council’s most outspoken street safety critics. To encourage Ignizio to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at 212-788-7390,, or @VincentIgnizio.

  • fewd

    >NYPD told Streetsblog charges against the driver were forthcoming.

    Don’t get too excited.

    SI Advance says ‘While charges are pending, he is expected to be accused of driving with a suspended license, according to the source.’

  • The NYPost reports that the driver had a suspended license, and was arrested at the scene for that.

    City Council member Vincent Ignizio has signed onto Intro 0370-2014, which would require the DOT to post warnings at intersections where speed cameras are located. Sponsor Steve Matteo (District 50) publically admits he introduced this bill because he thinks cameras are “cash cows”.

    Councilman Ignizio is sponsor of Intro 0071-2014, which would mandate installing pedestrian countdown signals at intersections with red light cameras. This one is intended, as fellow sponsor Matteo admits, to help drivers gauge how many seconds they have to beat traffic lights. It would lead to misusing pedestrian safety equipment by mandating their placement at intersections with short crossing distances, where the DOT makes clear they would have no effect on pedestrian safety. It would lead to wasting pedestrian countdown signals by putting them at intersections that have little or no history of pedestrian injury or fatality.

    Not sure if Mssr’s Ignizio and Matteo are capable of being educated on traffic safety issues. I suggest contacting the Council Speaker and all the members of the Council Transportation Committee and telling them to put the kibosh on the above bills.

  • lop

    Change 0370-2014 to allow DOT to put those signs up at any intersection, and in addition require them to put them up at intersections with active cameras and it wouldn’t be so bad.

  • I’m more in favor of increased camera enforcement, so that drivers won’t speed or run red lights anywhere, not just at certain intersections or on the strip in front of certain school zones.

    It would also free up the police to enforce the laws about distracted driving and failure to yield, which are big factors in pedestrian fatalities along with speeding.

  • Andres Dee

    Come on, it had to be the fault of the victim’s phone, or hoodie, or lack of flashing blue lights.

    My condolences to the family


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