BROOKLYN, N.Y. —The Daily News reports that a 33-year-old man who appeared to be highly intoxicated stumbled into traffic and was hit by a motorist. Police records show that the accident took place around 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018. The crash occurred at the intersection of Third Avenue and 39th Street in the Sunset Park section of the borough. Police are still investigating.
New York City Police officers along with paramedics rushed to the accident scene to treat the 33-year-old man who was clinging to life after being hit. Medics transported the severely injured man to NYU Langone-Brooklyn for treatment. There is no work on his present condition. Medical staff at NYU Langone-Brooklyn reported the man was in “extremely critical condition.”
The driver who accidentally struck the man was interviewed at the scene by police. Furthermore, independent witnesses stated that the injured man appeared to have been drunk and just walked right off of the curb and into the street.
The investigating officers did not arrest the driver nor issue a citation to this point. There is no information about the man’s current health status.
New York City implemented an initiative to reduce pedestrian accidents. From the latest information available from the mayor’s office, the NYC pedestrian fatality rate is 25% of the prevailing national rate. Still, pedestrians accounted for 52% of all traffic deaths in the City. The findings published by the mayor’s office also suggested that driver inattention contributes to 36% of all pedestrian crashes and 27% of the pedestrian collisions were caused by a driver’s refusal to yield.
Manhattan is the deadliest borough in terms of pedestrian accidents and has four times the number of pedestrians killed than Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, or Staten Island. Furthermore, pedestrian accidents on major thoroughfares are 66% deadlier than smaller, so-called “side streets.”
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