HICKSVILLE, Long Island, N.Y. — News 12 Long Island reported that a car struck a man while he attempted to cross the road in Hicksville. The 81-year-old man remained in critical condition at the hospital after the collision that happened around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Police have no charged the driver with any offenses at this time although the matter remains under investigation with local police authorities.
Police are trying to determine why an 81-year-old man was hit by a passing motorist while trying to cross South Broadway at the intersection of West Marie Street in Hicksville. The Hicksville train station is a short distance away from the site of the collision. Police have not released many details about the incident as of this time. They did say that the victim is still in critical condition. They did not indicate whether medical personnel believes the man will survive.
Officers did not identify the victim and the driver by name. Police are still investigating the matter.
Statistically speaking, driving on Long Island has become safer. Newsday reports that 94 accidents resulted in 100 deaths in Suffolk County during 2017. By contrast, 121 motor vehicle collisions killed 139 people in 2016. Meanwhile, in Nassau County, 66 crashes claimed 77 lives in 2017, and 73 fatal collisions took 79 lives in 2016.
The reduced number of fatalities is the result of safer vehicles, red light cameras, traffic congestion, and better on-scene medical care.
The 2017 numbers are a substantial improvement but show that Long Island roads are still dangerous.
Law enforcement officers say that one of the biggest challenges they face is educating the motoring public about the hazards of texting while driving. Officers plan to combat this problem by increasing public education about the subject and increasing traffic patrols to increase the number of drivers stopped for distracted driving.
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