BAY SHORE, NY- According to LongIsland.com reports that an accident in Bay Shore led to a male pedestrian being struck and severely injured by a vehicle on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The crash took place at about 9:35 p.m. on Union Boulevard when a 2016 Mazda SUV was driving west between 1st and 2nd Avenue and hit 80-year-old Jorge Claros-Moisa of Brentwood as the elderly pedestrian was crossing the street.
A Bay Shore Brightwaters Rescue Ambulance brought the victim to the Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. Claros-Moisa was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the vehicle, 69-year-old Robert Whitney remained at the scene of the pedestrian accident. Whitney did not suffer any injuries.
According to AARP, elderly pedestrians are at a heightened risk of being injured and killed in vehicle accidents. While people 65 and older make up just 13 percent of the population, 21 percent of people killed in pedestrian accidents are in this age group. People in this age group are also at a higher risk of suffering more serious injuries in accidents than are younger pedestrians.
Elderly people do not recover as easily or quickly from accidents as younger people do. These patients spend more time in the hospital and require more rehab than someone younger who suffered the same injuries.
Another problem is that roadway infrastructure is not friendly to elderly pedestrians. One common complaint is that many crosswalk signals do not last long enough to allow an elderly person to make their way safely across the street.
Speed limits also create risks. While 90 percent of pedestrians survive being struck by a vehicle that is driving at 20 miles per hour, only 35 percent of people survive when a vehicle is moving at 45 miles per hour.
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