STATEN ISLAND, NY – According to Silive.com, the 90-year-old pedestrian killed in a crash in Eltingville has been identified. Police say that Gerard T. Gorsuch of Midland Beach died on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, after being struck by a vehicle at about 5:41 p.m. on Richmond Avenue.
The early investigation into the crash indicates that the victim was struck by a red Ford Explorer while he was attempting to cross the road. The vehicle was driving northbound at the time of the incident.
Gorsuch suffered head and body trauma in the crash. The Emergency Medical Services rushed the victim to the Staten Island University Hospital where he was declared dead. The victim’s car was parked on Richmond. Police believe that Gorsuch was crossing the street to get to his doctor’s office.
The driver stayed at the scene of the accident.
No arrests have been made in connection to the fatal crash.
Elderly persons are more likely to be killed in pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles. Americans age 65 and older account for 13 percent of the population, but according to AARP, 21 percent of individuals killed in pedestrian crashes are in this age group.
One major factor in determining whether a crash will be deadly or not is the speed of the vehicle. When a vehicle is traveling at 20 miles per hour, the chances of a victim surviving a pedestrian crash is 90 percent. When a car is moving at 45 miles per hour, the chances of a person surviving plummet to 35 percent. One way to reduce the high number of pedestrian deaths is to have lower speed limits, especially in urban and suburban atmospheres where there are many pedestrians.
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