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  • Maggie

    “I honked and honked but I couldn’t get out of the lane and it was too late,” said the shaken driver.

    Is the speed limit set higher than 25 mph on Third Ave under the expressway here? I wonder how fast the driver was going.

    Guess we can add “I honked at him before I hit him” to “brakes don’t work” and “just an accident, I feel terrible now” on the list of NYC-accepted reasons to hit and critically injure pedestrians on our surface streets.

  • nanter

    If you have time to honk you have time to hit the brakes. If you have time to “honk and honk” you have time to stop. This is nothing but depraved indifference to human life.

  • We see this all the time, don’t we? A driver with the green sees a person up ahead and instead of slowing down and proceeding cautiously, continues at speed — or even speeds up! — and honks.

    When the police have such a binary definition of fault in fatal crashes one can see why people are mowed down with regularity here. It’s only ever a question of who had the light or whether or not the victim was in the crosswalk. That’s it. The driver is never asked, “When did you see the victim?” Or “How fast were you going?” And never “Were you distracted?” This allows drivers to think that “I honked and honked” is all it takes to absolve them of any and all responsibility for killing a fellow New Yorker. And this is the culture Bratton and Chief Chan enable, abetted by reporters in the Daily News.

  • Joe R.

    I see this even when the driver gets the green but a person is still crossing. They honk and honk at the person, even start moving if the person doesn’t get out of the way fast enough. A few times I saw people stranded right between two lanes of speeding cars because nobody would let them finish crossing. For all the talk from drivers about “entitled” cyclists and pedestrians, it seems none of those drivers bother to look in the mirror at themselves. Having the green light isn’t a valid excuse to mow down someone if it’s at all possible to do anything to avoid them.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Driver Admits guilt

  • Alexander Vucelic

    text from wife as of 1320 Friday:

    ‘….OMG!!!!!!
    a guy is pinned under the bus along with his bike on (8th &) Broadway!…’

  • Alexander Vucelic

    Driver openly admitted he deliberately drove into the person

  • AnoNYC

    Bet he would have stopped if another automobile was in front of him. What a POS.

  • Some Asshole

    Reminds me of a situation this afternoon. Crossing a street with a crosswalk but no signal or sign, saw motorists a block away get the green and start speeding up, then ran to complete my cross even though the law requires vehicles to yield when I’m completing a cross. I dropped my phone just shy of the curb and no one laid off the gas even as I retrieved it.