Police have filed charges against the driver of the vehicle, 58-year-old Mark Dudzinski of Queens. Dudzinski is charged with “failure to yield to a pedestrian.”
According to police, the victim, 74-year-old Waiching Chen was crossing 159th Avenue in Howard Beach at about 4 in the afternoon when she was hit. Chen was rushed to a local hospital where she was declared dead. The driver remained at the site of the accident.
New York City has been working to lower the number of pedestrian deaths in the city under the Vision Zero program. The program, which was implemented in 2014, is designed to eliminate all forms of traffic deaths in New York City by the year 2024. In recent years, the program has shown the most success in reducing pedestrian fatalities. Some of the methods the program implements include better-designed roads, lower speed limits and more aggressive enforcement of traffic laws.
One of the best ways to reduce pedestrian deaths is by lowering the speed limit in places where there are many pedestrians. The speed at which vehicles are traveling plays a major role in how likely an accident is to happen, and in how likely a pedestrian is to survive the crash. When vehicles are moving slower, the driver has a better chance of avoiding the accident in the first place. If a vehicle is traveling at about 20 miles per hour, there is a good chance that the victim of a pedestrian accident will live. As speeds increase, the chance of survival rapidly declines.
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