BRUNSWICK, NY- The troyrecord.com reports that the police have been investigating a fatal accident that took place on Friday, October 19, 2018, at around 7:50 p.m. in Brunswick.
The crash took place on State Route 7 outside of the Center Brunswick Fire States. A pedestrian, now identified as 86-year-old Petra Gabriel of Troy, New York, died after being struck by at least one, but possibly multiple vehicles. Gabriel was in the eastbound lane at the time of the crash.
The police are asking that anyone with information about the crash come forward.
New York has been working to make the streets safer for pedestrians. Within the city, the Vision Zero initiative has been showing progress and the ability to reduce the number of pedestrians killed while walking in the city. In 2017, the city experienced a record low number of pedestrian deaths. The trend is inspiring because it defies the national trend of rising pedestrian fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the United States experienced a 13 percent increase in traffic deaths between the years 2013 and 2016. Meanwhile, pedestrian fatalities in NYC dropped by 45 percent leading to a 28 percent overall decrease in traffic fatalities.
As Americans buy larger vehicles, accidents involving pedestrians become more devastating. SUVs strike people in more vulnerable parts of the body, such as their heads or their chests. If Vision Zero is to meet its objective of zero traffic-related fatalities, the issues related to pedestrian accidents and SUVs will need to be addressed.
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Vision Zero program is proving effective, but “Not even a single tragedy” will be considered acceptable in the city. Clearly, there is much work left to do.
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