BREAKING: Land Rover Driver Kills Senior on Upper East Side

Photo: Franz Golhen
Photo: Franz Golhen

A driver ran down and killed an 84-year-old woman on East 79th Street in Manhattan on Friday afternoon — but the luxury car owner was not charged, police said.

According to very limited information provided by the NYPD, the pedestrian was on Madison Avenue at around 3:20 p.m. when the driver of a gray Land Rover lost control of his car as he tried to make a left turn onto E. 79th Street and mounted the curb instead, striking the victim. The driver ended up under a scaffolding at a construction site.

“Upon arrival officers discovered [the victim] unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to her head and body,” NYPD said in a statement. She could not be revived and died at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene, cops said.

“There are no arrests and the investigation remains ongoing by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.”

Police are withholding the identity of the victim until her family is notified.

This is a breaking story. Check back later for updates.

  • walks bikes drives

    Right around dismissal time for all the schools in the area.

  • Joe R.

    “lost control of his car as he tried to make a left turn” = he entered the turn at too high a speed

    If the police continue to allow “losing control” as a valid excuse for killing people than it should also be taken as an admission of inability to drive, accompanied by permanent removal of driving privileges.

  • William Lawson

    News is already reporting a “medical emergency.” So we know how this is going to play out – no consequences for anyone but the poor lady who died.

  • com63

    Isn’t it still a Right of Way violation to hit someone on the sidewalk?

  • Psychgal

    There were a bunch of schoolgirls in uniform witnessing the event.

  • We need better laws.

    Hitting a pedestrian with a car ought to create a strong presumption of criminal negligence.

    Hitting a pedestrian on a sidewalk should create a presumption so strong that it is practically impossible to overcome, and leads almost every time to a felony conviction.

    Even better, the only personal automobiles allowed in the City should be golf carts.

  • Patrick Sullivan

    Speeding and jockeying for lanes is a chronic problem on Madison.

  • William Lawson

    Doesn’t matter how blatant the right of way violation is. The NYPD will find a way to let it slide.

  • Simon Phearson

    Yet another elderly person killed on the UES by a driver. But they still think cyclists are the problem.

  • JoeDokes999

    People who murder with their cars should be in jail. Period.


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