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NYC Drivers Injured 950 Pedestrians and Cyclists in February, and Killed 5

A motorist in a jacked-up Ford pickup killed Peggy Diaz while making a turn at Correll Avenue and Gervil Street in Staten Island. Police filed no charges and blamed Diaz for her own death. Image: Google Maps

Eleven people died in New York City traffic in February, and 3,589 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.

City Hall reported 19 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through February, and 2,186 injured, compared to 26 deaths and 2,296 injuries in the first two months of 2016.

Peggy Diaz. Photo via Staten Island Advance
Peggy Diaz
Peggy Diaz. Photo via Staten Island Advance

Six motor vehicle occupants died in the city in February, according to City Hall, and 2,639 were injured.

Citywide, five pedestrians were fatally struck by drivers last month. Among the victims were Peggy Diaz and an unnamed male pedestrian in Manhattan. City Hall reported no cyclist deaths in February.

Across the city, 754 pedestrians and 196 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Of two fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death.

A motorist in a pickup truck with a raised chassis and oversized wheels and tires hit Peggy Diaz, 52, as she walked to the bus in Rossville. NYPD filed no charges and blamed the victim for the crash.

The driver of a postal truck struck and killed an 83-year-old man on Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side. Police did not immediately file charges.

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.

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