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NYPD: Drivers Injured 816 Pedestrians and Cyclists in February, and Killed 11

2:16 PM EDT on April 2, 2015

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Fifteen people died in New York City traffic in February, and 2,979 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of February, 18 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 1,833 injured, compared to 22 deaths and 2,105 injuries for the same period in 2014. Drivers injured fewer pedestrians and cyclists in February than in any other month since at least January 2012, according to NYPD data.

Citywide, at least 11 pedestrians were fatally struck by drivers: one in Manhattan; two in the Bronx; three in Brooklyn; and five in Queens. Among the victims were Kamil Gorski, Marco Orellana, Regina Stevenson, Yu-O Pan, Isaak Trakhtenberg, Jao Lin Zhu, Martin Hernandez Tufino, Daniel Cabrera, Kenny Valette, and an unnamed female pedestrian in Queens. Motorists killed at least two seniors in February: Isaak Trakhtenberg, 83; and Jao Lin Zhu, 80.

NYPD reported no cyclist deaths in February.

Across the city, 735 pedestrians and 81 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 10 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, one motorist was known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least four victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck, but police and district attorneys are known to have applied the city's Right of Way Law in only one of those crashes. 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.

In two cases after a pedestrian was killed police blamed the victim in the press.

Two motorists and two passengers died in the city in February; 1,041 and 1,122 were injured, respectively.

There were 15,599 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,220 that resulted in injury or death.

NYPD had not posted citywide February summons data as of this writing. NYPD posts geocoded crash 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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