NYC Drivers Injured 1,324 Pedestrians and Cyclists in June, and Killed Nine

Ronald Burke, Gabriel Garcia, Dan Hanegby, and Michael Mamoukakis
Ronald Burke, Gabriel Garcia, Dan Hanegby, and Michael Mamoukakis

Twenty people died in New York City traffic in June, and 5,514 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.

City Hall reported 56 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through June, and 6,915 injured, compared to 65 deaths and 7,252 injuries in the first six months of 2016.

Eleven motor vehicle occupants died in the city in June, according to City Hall, and 4,190 were injured.

Citywide, five pedestrians and four cyclists were fatally struck by drivers. Among the victims were Jason Tseng, Daniel Nelson, Dan Hanegby, Gabriel Garcia, Michael Mamoukakis, Corbin Carr, Ronald Burke, and an unnamed male pedestrian in the Bronx.

Motorists killed two seniors in June: Jason Tseng and Michael Mamoukakis. Both victims were 80 years old.

Across the city, 805 pedestrians and 519 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy that has not changed since the 2014 launch of the Vision Zero program, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

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

NYPD said Chelsea cyclist Dan Hanegby swerved into the path of the charter bus driver who killed him, though video later revealed the driver sideswiped Hanegby while attempting to pass.

Days later, another charter bus driver killed cyclist Michael Mamoukakis a few blocks away. Both drivers were off-route, and both crashes occurred in the 10th Precinct, where bus companies commonly use streets where buses aren’t supposed to be. Though both Hanegby and Mamoukakis appeared to have the right of way, no charges were filed by NYPD or Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance in either case.

Cyclists Corbin Carr and Ronald Burke were killed within hours of one another in Manhattan and Brooklyn. In both cases, NYPD told the press the victims ran red lights, but could point to no corroborating evidence, such as video or witness statements, to substantiate the department’s version of events. Witnesses said Burke was struck from behind by a motorist traveling in the same direction, contradicting NYPD’s initial account of the crash. The driver who hit Burke fled the scene.

Daniel Nelson and Gabriel Garcia were killed while walking in Staten Island and the Bronx, respectively, by hit-and-run drivers who were not immediately caught or identified. Most hit-and-run drivers who strike people in NYC are not held accountable in any way.

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.

  • harry smith

    NYPD are turning themselves into a laughing stock. Basically, whatever these lazy, dishonest officers say after a fatality you can pretty much assume it’s untrue.

  • NYPD reform could start with changing the insane policy of ticket blitzes aimed at cyclists after cyclist deaths that are caused by lawbreaking drivers.

    The issue has been getting media attention outside of the usual. If we keep up the momentum, we might create some change.

  • Charlotte_Lucas

    I support cycling, but how many cyclists have injured or killed pedestrians? When I’m on the street, it’s bike riders I fear. People who gleefully violate the traffic laws and put me at risk.

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  • Brad Aaron

    As a fan of cycling you’ll be pleased to learn your concerns are unfounded:

  • kevd

    most people have deeply irrational fears.
    humans are very bad at dispassionately determining what and what not to fear – so often something that is far more dangerous, but common place is feared far less than something new that is relatively much less dangerous.
    your fear of cyclists over motor vehicle is like that.

  • Charles

    No one in NYC has been killed by a cyclist since 2014. I think a motorist killed someone in NYC this morning. If not today, then yesterday.

  • dr2chase

    Nationwide, about one pedestrian per year is killed by a bicycle crashing into them. Your risk from cars is higher even when you are walking on the sidewalk in NYC. No bike crash anywhere has ever caused a pedestrian to lose part of their leg, for example.

    I don’t want to discount the possibility that you’re startled, because bikes are a lot harder to spot than cars (given that they are so much smaller and quieter) but they generally are equally interested in not running into you. They don’t all do what I’d call “best practices” (aim to pass the pedestrian behind where they are right now; slow to a walking pace for 3 or more children and/or dogs; pass so wide that a bell feels unnecessary) and sometimes pass too close (I have video of me doing this, sigh, but I am working hard to make that never happen). One possibility is to keep in mind is that we all have different ideas for what is adequate personal space, and anyone biking in NYC traffic *probably* doesn’t require a lot, so in general cyclists might think you are perfectly fine with a passing distance that is actually not comfortable for you at all — but they are still intent on not hitting you.

  • Cynara2

    This problem is very, very serious and it is not going away. Cyclist’s constant dismissal of it is making it worse. This guy was just hit by a cyclist last weekend. He looks brain dead. Nothing will happen to the cyclist.
    There will be no follow up. The cyclists will make the reporter change the report. Cyclists will not alter their behaviour. It looks like another pedestrian has been killed by a cyclist.

  • Cynara2
    This pedestrian was hit by a cyclist a few days ago in New York. He probably has died by now. But, that will not change cyclist’s refusal to address the problem.

  • Cynara2
    You’re part of the problem. You need to get serious about cyclist’s very bad behavior toward pedestrians. IT is unacceptable and the attitude stinks.

  • Cynara2
    Here is another pedestrian likely brain dead after being hit by a cyclist last weekend. The cyclists will bury it.

  • Johnny

    Bicyclists are out of control in the city they are reckless riding on the sidewalks or anywhere they feel like. One day a bicyclist almost hit me on the sidewalk and I told him to ride that in the street and he gave me the finger as he rode away. I am glad they are getting killed by motorists. They deserve it