Hit-and-Run Driver Rams Child Riding Bike Near Queens Schools

The victim, an 11-year-old boy, was hospitalized in stable condition. The crash occurred in an area that could have been covered by speed cameras, had Senate Republicans not killed the program.

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Video still: Twitter/NYCityAlerts

A driver ran over a child on a bike in Far Rockaway and fled the scene yesterday.

The 11-year-old boy was turning left from Healy Avenue onto southbound Dickens Street at around 7:40 p.m. Monday when the northbound driver struck him head-on, according to NYPD and video of the crash.

The victim was transported to Long Island Jewish Hospital in stable condition.

NYPD told CBS the driver had the right of way but will likely face charges for fleeing the scene.

Video shows the driver hit the victim at high speed, throwing the child into the air. The motorist did not slow down after impact.

Police arrested a suspect this afternoon, according to @NYCityAlerts.

The collision occurred in the 101st Precinct, in close proximity to multiple school zones, reporter Josefa Velasquez noted on Twitter.

The area did not previously have speed enforcement cameras. Even before State Senate Republicans killed the program, its range was limited by arbitrary restrictions imposed by Albany lawmakers, including recidivist reckless driver Marty Golden.

Had Albany passed legislation to expand the program this year, however, this part of Queens might have been covered. As long as cameras remain inactive, drivers like this sociopath will continue to terrorize other street users.

Update: Here’s Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White’s statement regarding the crash:

The video of this child being maimed is horrifying and testament to a city where there are no consequences — not even a speed camera ticket — for reckless driving. Senate Leader John Flanagan and Senator Marty Golden are responsible, and should know that child’s blood is on their hands.

Three weeks ago, the Senate Republican majority ushered in a state of lawlessness in New York City, when they dismantled a lifesaving speed camera program. Yesterday’s crash was less than a 1/3 mile from two schools — the location could have been protected by a speed camera, if not for Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and Senator Marty Golden. In 2018, in the so-called era of Vision Zero, an 11-year-old should be safe to ride their bike on a neighborhood street, but without action from Senate Republicans, I have no doubt New York City will see an increase in frequency of horrific incidents like we saw yesterday.

  • Joe R.

    Looks like the driver was going 40 to 45 mph. Much too fast on a street where you would expect children. Granted, the kid blew the stop sign, but again this isn’t something you wouldn’t expect on a street like this. The driver should have exercised enough caution to be able to avoid anything which might reasonable occur on a residential street like that, like a kid on a bike riding past a stop sign. The icing on the cake was the fact he/she didn’t even stop. I sure the suspect used this line: “Hey officer, I didn’t realize I hit someone.”

  • Bob Sanders

    Electric scooters are dangerous

  • sbauman

    Here’s a view of what the driver saw approaching the intersection, courtesy of StreetView

    https://www.google.com/maps/@40.6048557,-73.7607567,3a,75y,10.57h,98.63t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sVAROH-bEUonsc0yjbmT9VA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en&authuser=0

    The bicycle came into the driver’s path from a street on the right. What street is that? Parked cars obscure the view and there are no markings on the street to indicate a crosswalk.

    The only intersection a driver sees is the one on the left. The intersection on the right is 80 feet beyond it. There’s a mandated way of warning drivers of hazards. It’s FHWA MUTCD Sign W2-7L

    http://store.hallsigns.com/assets/images/W2-7L.png

    NYCDOT should examine all uncontrolled intersections (no traffic control devices) for view. Those that are obscured by parked cars, etc. need to be protected by signage.

  • Joe R.

    There’s no reason intersections should be obscured by parked cars. The rule should be no parking within at least 25 feet of a crosswalk (or where the crosswalk would be if it’s an unmarked crosswalk). Large vehicles like SUVs or vans should be prohibited from parking closer than 75 feet to a crosswalk.

  • com63

    How’s the kid doing?

  • sbauman

    There’s no reason intersections should be obscured by parked cars.

    There are plenty of other objects to obscure intersections. I suggest that you figure out how big an effective clear zone must be before establishing its length. The 25 foot criterion (1.6 car lengths) is good for pedestrians seeing oncoming vehicles from the safety of an extended sidewalk. Oncoming drivers need a much bigger clear zone to see traffic on side streets approaching an intersection.

    That’s essentially why the cross traffic warning signs were invented.

  • djx

    if the driver had remained on the scene, despite blatantly speeding, he/she would have been cleared by NYPD. Case closed. Kid went through a stop sign, so it’s 100% on him they’d say. You could drive down the street at 50mph and kill a child and face no criminal jeopardy if you’re not drunk, stop and say “I didn’t see him.”

    We need speeding cameras, we need better street design and parking regulations, we need better laws, we need better police and prosecutors. All of these.

  • sbauman

    Looks like the driver was going 40 to 45 mph.

    I downloaded the clip into a video editor. I’ll use the parked car at the corner as my distance measurement and the movie frame as my clock.

    The car appears to be even with the back of the parked car in frame 4.566 seconds. The car appears to be even with the front of the parked car in frame 4.966 seconds. It looks like a compact (186 in or 15.5 ft). That’s a distance of 15.5 ft in 0.4 seconds for 39 ft/sec or 26.5 mph.

    To be going 40 mph (60 ft/sec) and traversing that parked car in 0.4 sec, the car would have had to be 150 feet long.

  • Joe R.

    My own personal preference is no curbside parking whatsoever. That would take care of all the issues you mention. For practical reasons we can’t have that. Even if we prohibited personal autos from parking at the curb, you still need parking for delivery vehicles, emergency vehicles, and so forth. So a good compromise is deciding upon how far from a crosswalk parking is allowed. Maybe 25 feet isn’t enough. On a practical note however, at some point fences and structures are going to partially obscure lines of sight anyway. Therefore, there’s no point moving parking any further away from the crosswalk once you get to the point that lines of sight are dictated by something other than parked vehicles.

  • Joe R.

    I’m also looking at the driver’s speed after the crash when it appears he/she accelerated. Also, even if we assume the car’s speed averaged 26.5 mph right before the crash per your calculation, the driver likely saw the kid and was braking. We don’t know the car’s speed prior to seeing the kid and braking but if it was averaging 26.5 mph while decelerating, it was likely going a lot faster prior to braking.

  • Joe R.

    We also need much better driver training, plus a mechanism to get bad drivers off the roads permanently. Good luck with any of that given how much of the public views driving as a virtual birthright.

  • sbauman

    I’m looking at the driver’s speed after the crash when it appears he/she accelerated.

    The car’s speed from where it touches the edge of the image until it disappears is 22.6 mph. The car’s front reaches left edge of the image is in the 7.233 sec frame. It completely disappears from view in the 7.699 sec frame. The car is also a compact, so I’m assigning the same 186″ or 15.5 ft body length. This calculates to a 22.6 mph speed.

    the driver likely saw the kid and was braking

    The kid’s entry into the travel lane was obscured by the parked cars. The kid’s approach can be seen in the video. The kid does not enter the travel lane until the 4.499 second frame. The car is not in this frame. The collision occurs in the 5.099 second frame. That’s 0.5 seconds after the kid entered the driver’s field of vision. That’s within a driver’s 1.0 second reaction time. The driver might have registered the kid’s presence but it was before he could have pressed the brake. It’s most likely that the driver hit the kid at the speed he was traveling along the street.

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