Another Pedestrian is Dead in Hit-and-Run, Undermining Vision Zero Promises

Photo: Franz Golhen
Photo: Franz Golhen

The pedestrian who was struck by an out-of-control driver late on Saturday night on Manhattan’s W. 23rd Street has died, police said.

Bing Wan, 45, died Sunday, hours after he had been run down by a speeding motorist while standing on the sidewalk at around 11:15 p.m. on Saturday.

Details are sparse, but here’s what the NYPD reported:

Wan had been standing at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 23rd Street when the driver of a Dodge 2500 van traveling northbound on Eighth Avenue “at an apparent high rate of speed” tried to turn left onto 23rd Street, but lost control of the car.

The driver “failed to navigate the turn and forward acceleration of the vehicle and struck the pedestrian,” police said. Wan was still alive when cops arrived. He was taken to the hospital, but died there on Sunday.

The driver continued down 23rd Street, striking two cars in the eastbound lanes, before fleeing to the wind.

Cops say the “investigation remains ongoing.”

Wan was a resident of Kew Gardens Hills in Queens.


  • “……before fleeing to the wind.” ?

  • William Lawson

    Didn’t the initial reports for this say he was a cab driver who was opening a door for a passenger? Strange how that detail has now disappeared from the story. Anyway I’m just going to go ahead and assume that the NYPD has not fully canvassed the area for camera footage, will do less than 10% of what is theoretically possible to locate this driver and will be looking forward to leaving the case open as unsolved in perpetuity.

    Unless of course Wan was a relative of a cop, or a politician or a judge, in which case it will be full steam ahead on the investigation.

  • One should ask DOT why the signal timing has not been adjusted to slow down drivers to 25mph on 8 th avenue during the daytime ?
    And how many other avenues’signals have not been adjusted for daytime 25 mph in NYC? Spoiler alert : over 90 % . What is all the noise about the state and the speed cameras, if we have not done our basic homework ?

    This is the perfect story to illustrate that EVERYONE is a pedestrian at some point during the day. So reducing pedestrian crashes should be the highest priority of all.

  • qrt145

    Is there a list somewhere publicly available of which avenues have been retimed and which ones haven’t?