MANHATTAN, NY- According to Nbcnewyork.com, a 70-year-old man drove a minivan onto the curb in Manhattan and hit multiple pedestrians. The driver was identified as Henry Herman. The incident took place at about 7 in the evening when the driver was attempting to park and struck a fruit stand and then hit 7 pedestrians.
Two of the injured pedestrians suffered critical injuries while the others suffered injuries that are not life-threatening. The injured people were taken to the Bellevue Hospital.
The victim who was killed in the accident was identified as 56-year-old Chun Deng Zhang of Queens.
Herman told police officers that he thought he had put the vehicle in park and then hit the gas pedal. The police say that the incident was not deliberate and was a tragic accident. Herman remained at the scene.
Police arrested Herman on Monday and charged him with “failure to yield to pedestrians and failure to exercise due care.” According to the DMV, Herman does not have any previous crashes or driving-related convictions on his record.
The NYPD is investigating the accident. Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the accident and reminded New Yorkers that they “cannot accept loss of life on our streets as inevitable.” The city has invested heavily in projects designed to make the streets safer for drivers and pedestrians. The Vision Zero initiative has shown progress in making the streets safer, especially for pedestrians. Last year there were fewer pedestrian deaths in New York City than there have been in any year on record. Still, the city has a lot of work to do in order to achieve the program’s goal of zero traffic-related deaths.
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