AMITYVILLE, NY- According to Longisland.news12.com, a pedestrian was killed on Saturday, December 8, 2018, in Amityville a little before 10 at night. The accident took place at North Drive and Route 110.
Police identified the victim as 51-year-old Salvatore Contessa, who was trying to cross the street when the vehicle struck him.
Contessa was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from the injuries that he sustained in the incident. The driver of the vehicle that hit Contessa did not suffer any injuries and was not charged. Police are still investigating the crash.
Last year, and in 2016, close to 6,000 pedestrians were killed in automobile accidents. The number of pedestrian fatalities has been increasing for several years and is now at a 25-year high. There are a variety of factors that likely have contributed to the rising death toll, including more vehicles on the roadways, bigger and more powerful cars making up a larger share of the market, distracted driving and the legalization of marijuana. While the number of people killed in the United States has continued to rise, the number of victims in New York City has declined. In 2017, fewer pedestrians died on New York City’s streets than in any year ever recorded.
New York City’s success has indicated that pedestrian accidents are not inevitable. There are steps that states and cities can take to make people safer. For instance, lowering speed limits can greatly reduce the risk of fatal pedestrian crashes, and better-designed intersections can also lower the risks. In the future, vehicle technology that can prevent pedestrian crashes might be the most successful way to cut down on the number of people killed in these crashes.
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