WEST HEMPSTEAD, Long Island, N.Y. — A 46-year-old man died from injuries he sustained after he was hit by a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban sports utility vehicle in West Hempstead Sunday night. The Long Island Herald, citing Nassau County Police sources, reported that the man who was killed in the crash while crossing the Hempstead Turnpike at the intersection with Westminster Road. A 35-year-old man was driving the SUV that struck the pedestrian. Police said the driver of the SUV remained with his vehicle at the scene of the pedestrian accident. EMS rushed the 46-year-old pedestrian to a local emergency room. The man sustained massive trauma across his body and was pronounced dead.
Pedestrians continue to die needlessly on Long Island roads. Even though New York City celebrated 58 straight days without a pedestrian fatality, Long Island pedestrians have not been as fortunate.
Pedestrians must be aware of their safety while attempting to cross streets, especially at night. Crossing at intersections, using crosswalks when available, and staying on the sidewalk will help keep pedestrians safe. Above all, pedestrians must use common sense and not put themselves in harm’s way by acting rashly or carelessly.
People who are out walking are at the mercy of motor vehicles. Drivers must remain alert and vigilant at all times, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). Remaining alert and anticipating pedestrians appearing where they should not, especially younger children, will safeguard pedestrians.
Maintaining a safe speed will also keep pedestrians safe. Obeying posted speed limits allows the driver to react faster to an emergency, stop the car faster, and maneuver the car with greater accuracy and agility than when traveling at higher speeds.
All motorists are responsible for keeping their cars in good working order. Brakes and the power steering system need to be in good working order. Additionally, all of the lights on the car must work properly. Motorists driving in poor visibility will have a hard time observing a pedestrian in the road. Conversely, the pedestrian will have an equally difficult time seeing an approaching vehicle.
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