STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Police, Fire, and rescue responded to Father Capodanno Boulevard near the intersection with Sand Lane to investigate a motor vehicle accident with injuries around 1:00 p.m. Upon arrival rescuers found a heavily damaged black motorcycle down in the street as well as an injured pedestrian. The pedestrian went to Staten Island University Hospital in Ocean Breeze for emergency medical treatment according to SILIVE.com. SILIVE.com also reported that radio transmissions between emergency personnel indicated that the pedestrian’s injuries were serious but were not life-threatening. There is no additional information available about that individual’s current medical status.
SILIVE.com published a photograph of the motorcycle allegedly involved in the incident. The matte-black motorcycle had significant damage to the rear carriage area. The luggage rack was knocked off in the accident. Neither police nor fire would say how the accident happened or who might be at fault for the crash. Police are pursuing leads in the investigation but have not released their final report. The reporting officers have not issued any citations or summonses regarding the accident.
In 2017, New York City’s mayor celebrated the in-roads his administration made to reduce the number of pedestrian deaths in the city. That year, 101 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in New York City according to the New York Times. Not since 1910 has New York City experienced so few fatal car crashes.
The mayor said that fewer pedestrians were dying in New York thanks to his Vision Zero plan. Vision Zero reduced speed limits, reconfigured intersections, and light changes, and increased traffic enforcement patrols all in an effort to make walking in New York substantially safer.
The plan worked for pedestrians, but the same successes cannot be touted for other modes of transportation. According to the New York Times article, 23 bike riders, 33 motorcycle riders, and 57 motor vehicle occupants died in New York City accidents.
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