NYPD: Drivers Killed 18 Pedestrians and Cyclists in May, and Injured 1,262

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Twenty-eight people died in New York City traffic in May, and 4,771 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of May, 49 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 5,049 injured, compared to 54 deaths and 5,669 injuries for the same period in 2014. Drivers killed more pedestrians in May than in any other single month since the launch of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero program.

Citywide, at least 17 pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: five pedestrians and one cyclist in Manhattan; three pedestrians in the Bronx; six pedestrians in Brooklyn; and three pedestrians in Queens. Among the victims were Ervi Secundino, Favhad Chowdhury, Amelia Sterental, Nfn Loknauth, John Torson, Victor Grant, Irwin Mayer, Wanda Canestri, Galina Shibayeva, Ian Paul Bubb, Sincere Atkins, Dorria Campfield, Sergei Musatov, an unnamed female pedestrian in Brooklyn, an unnamed male pedestrian in Brooklyn, and an unnamed male pedestrian in the Bronx.

Motorists killed at least two children and six seniors: Sincere Atkins, 8; Ervi Secundino, 12; Amelia Sterental, 76; Nfn Loknauth, 83; John Torson, 89; Irwin Mayer, 96; Wanda Canestri, 68; and Galina Shibayeva, 76.

Motorists killed at least five pedestrians in May whose names were not immediately disclosed by NYPD, or 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, 808 pedestrians and 472 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 16 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least five 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 none 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 three cases, immediately after a pedestrian was killed, police exonerated the driver by telling the press the victim was not in a crosswalk.

Six motorists and four passengers died in the city in May; 1,630 and 1,879 were injured, respectively.

There were 19,119 motor vehicle crashes in the city last month, including 3,551 that resulted in injury or death.

Download May NYPD summons data here. NYPD posts geocoded crash data here.

Below are contributing factors for crashes resulting in injury and death.

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Image: NYPD
  • stairbob

    How many were killed by red-light running bicyclists on Chrystie & Jay Streets?

  • r

    Cyclists killed zero people, so it looks like NYPD’s enforcement efforts are working!

  • Alan

    “For some people, their name is a single word, known as a mononym. This can be true from birth, or occur later in life. For example, Teller, of the magician duo Penn and Teller, was named Raymond Joseph Teller at birth, but changed his name both legally and socially to be simply “Teller”. In some official government
    documents, such as his driver’s license, his given name is listed as NFN, an acronym for “no first name”.”

  • BBnet3000

    How many bike lanes is the city downgrading or removing to celebrate?

  • roguebagel

    Vision Zero Change

  • Alexander Vucelic

    stop the kindermord

  • Maggie

    Ohhh – I was wondering about Nfn too.

    Thank you for covering these, Streetsblog. The deaths of Ervi, Sincere, and Amelia on our streets hit me pretty hard. It’s unconscionable to see these lives lost with so little comment from our local pols.

    I miss the weekly memorials that used to run here. Lots of good news this week, but it’s hard to come to terms with the death of a U.S. Navy vet, right after his idiot state senator Savino made her ‘it’s an accident, who cares’ comments.

  • neroden

    Thanks for continuing to put the pressure on the corrupt NYPD and its pro-manslaughter policies. Along with all the other pro-manslaughter organizations like the TWU Local 100 and the State Senate.

    I want to live in a state where vehicular manslaughter is actually illegal; where it’s safe to cross the street.

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