SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY – According to Newsday.com, a pedestrian was killed in a crash in South Huntington on Thursday, December 20, 2018. The female victim’s identity has not yet been released. The accident happened at about 9:30 at night when the woman was hit by two vehicles as she tried to cross Route 110 close to Livingston Street.
According to police reports, the drivers had a green light when the crash happened. The vehicles involved included a 2016 BMW and a 2009 Nissan. The BMW struck the victim first, and the Nissan hit her a second time.
The woman died at the scene of the crash. Part of the roadway was closed down until about 12:45 on Friday morning.
While pedestrian accidents have been becoming more common in the United States, they have been declining in New York City. In the United States, nearly 6,000 people were killed in pedestrian incidents in each of the last two years marking a 25-year high in pedestrian fatalities. Meanwhile, in NYC, 2017 had fewer pedestrian deaths than any year ever recorded. The disparity between the rising national pedestrian death toll and the lowing number of deaths taking place in NYC indicate that there are steps that governments can take to lower the number of people killed in these types of accidents. Under NYC’s Vision Zero initiative, the city has lowered speed limits, focused on aggressive enforcement of traffic laws, and started to install better road designs.
While the city has been able to curb pedestrian deaths, it is nowhere near meeting its goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities by the year 2024.
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