NYPD: Drivers Injured 1,228 Pedestrians and Cyclists in June, and Killed 10

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Twenty people died in New York City traffic in June, and 4,795 were injured, according to the latest NYPD crash data report [PDF].

As of the end of June, 62 pedestrians and cyclists were reported killed by city motorists this year, and 6,277 injured, compared to 62 deaths and 7,080 injuries for the same period in 2014.

Citywide, at least 11 pedestrians and one cyclist were fatally struck by drivers: two pedestrians in Manhattan; one pedestrian in the Bronx; three pedestrians and one cyclist in Brooklyn; one pedestrian in Queens; and two in Staten Island. Among the victims were Dorothy Gerstenfeld, Moshe Grun, Ethan Villavicencio, Martin Celmer, Diana Ealkamenetz, Jeri Pearson, Millwood Hughes, David Craig, Betty Jean DiBlasio, Yekutiel Rapp, an unnamed male pedestrian in Manhattan, and an unnamed male cyclist in Brooklyn. Motorists killed at least one child and four seniors in June: Ethan Villavicencio, 7; Dorothy Gerstenfeld, 88; Diana Ealkamenetz, 67; Millwood Hughes, 93; and Yekutiel Rapp, 66.

Drivers killed at least two pedestrians whose deaths were not reported by NYPD.

Across the city, 769 pedestrians and 459 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of 12 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 seven victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck, including one victim who was on the sidewalk and one who was hit while inside a building. Police and district attorneys are known to have applied the city’s Right of Way Law only once in June. 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 one case, immediately after a pedestrian was killed, police exonerated the driver by telling the press the victim was “outside the crosswalk.”

Six motorists and four passengers died in the city in June; 1,790 and 1,777 were injured, respectively.

There were 19,428 motor vehicle crashes in the city in June, including 3,474 that resulted in injury or death.

Download June NYPD summons data here. NYPD posts geocoded crash data here. The city maps serious crashes here.

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

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  • stairbob

    Is de Blasio still promising that rank-and-file police officers are being trained to apply the Right of Way law at crash scenes? We need this to start immediately.

  • Lol, do pedestrians have the right of way inside of buildings? Hmmm?

  • Alexander Vucelic

    until we get NYPD out of their squad cars, NYPD will remain anti-pedestrian

  • The number of dead pedestrians killed by cars this month exactly matches the number killed by cyclists since the turn of the century. That’s only 180:1 ratio in favor of bicycles. So where is the NYP on this?

  • Kevin Love

    Rank and file police officers are being trained to park their private cars on the sidewalks.

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