NYPD: Drivers Injured 991 Pedestrians and Cyclists in April, and Killed Seven

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Nineteen people died in New York City traffic in April, and 3,873 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of April, 31 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 3,769 injured, compared to 42 deaths and 4,406 injuries for the same period in 2014. NYPD reported fewer pedestrian injuries in April than in any other single month since at least January 2012.

Citywide, at least five pedestrians and two cyclists were fatally struck by drivers: one cyclist and one pedestrian in the Bronx; two pedestrians in Brooklyn; and two pedestrians and one cyclist in Queens. Among the victims were Margaretta Harmon, Mohamed Ali, Barbara Gracey, Sidney Ramsarup, an unnamed male pedestrian in Queens, and an unnamed male cyclist in the Bronx. Motorists killed at least two seniors in April: Margaretta Harmon, 87, and Mohamed Ali, 88.

Motorists killed at least two pedestrians and one cyclist whose names were not immediately disclosed by NYPD, and whose deaths were not covered in the press. Most every month, there are pedestrian and cyclist deaths that go unreported other than the scant details provided weeks later in the NYPD dataset, which lists only the intersection closest to the crash and the victim’s mode of travel.

Across the city, 691 pedestrians and 300 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 on surface streets 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.

Ten motorists and two passengers died in the city in April; 1,363 and 1,519 were injured, respectively.

There were 16,671 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 2,801 that resulted in injury or death.

Download April NYPD summons data here. 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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Image: NYPD
  • madzack

    If you want to see these stats updated daily. You can check this site I’ve made out. http://crashstats.wolvesintheserverroom.com/

  • jooltman

    So, basically, for every 1 person injured/killed on the street, NYPD gives out 3 failure to yield summonses. That is clearly not enough preventative medicine.

  • neroden

    Top two:
    “Driver inattention / distraction” 3133
    “Following Too Closely” (tailgating) 1603

    I’ve been saying that there’s a tailgating epidemic. This is further evidence. Unsafe lane changes and unsafe passing are also very high on the list.

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