MANHATTAN, NY- According to queenseagle.com, an elderly driver struck a group of pedestrians in Manhattan and killed a 56-year-old man from Flushing.
The victim, Zhang Deng Chun, was on the sidewalk close to Forsyth Street and Canal Street at the time of the incident. The vehicle, a 2015 Toyota, jumped onto the curb in reverse and hit Chun and six other people.
Henry Herman, 70 was identified as the vehicle’s driver. Police report that Herman was trying to parallel park his vehicle when he accidentally accelerated and struck the people who were near a fruit stand.
A crowd of people shopping was run down. First responders rushed six of the injured people to a nearby hospital. Two of the victims were in critical condition, and two were seriously injured. Chun died at the scene of the crash.
Herman, who is from Monroe, New York, stayed at the scene are faced numerous charges, “including seven counts of failure to yield to pedestrians.”
In 2017, New York City says a 32 percent drop in pedestrian deaths. Between 2013 and 2017, traffic deaths, in general, declined by 28 percent while pedestrian deaths specifically dropped 45 percent during the same period.
Vision Zero has been credited with the drop in fatal pedestrian accidents. The initiative has worked through a variety of methods, including lowering the speed limit in the city, increasing law enforcement, and designing streets with safety in mind. While the efforts are paying off, 214 people, including 101 pedestrians, died in New York last year. There is a long way to go before Vision Zero achieves its goal and fully eliminates traffic deaths in the city.
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