BATH BEACH, NY- Bklyner.com writes that a 49-year-old woman is in critical condition after a vehicle struck her in Bath Beach earlier. The crash took place in the evening when the victim attempted to cross Bay Parkway while walking from the east to the west side of the road. Reports indicate that the woman was walking with her son, who appeared about ten-years-old.
Witnesses stated that the mother and son had a green pedestrian light when they were crossing the street. The driver, a 74-year-old man, was operating a 2017 Toyota Rav4. The man was trying to make a left turn off of Benson Avenue and onto Bay Parkway when he struck the victim, throwing her onto the pavement.
The woman sustained severe head trauma in the accident. Emergency responders rushed her to the NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn, where they reported her condition as critical.
The man driving the Toyota stayed at the scene of the accident. Police have not arrested anyone but stated that the investigation is still underway.
One local resident stated that the area is quite dangerous and that while he had never seen anyone struck by a car in the area, he has seen many close calls and believes that it was likely an accident would eventually happen.
Pedestrians have not fared well with the rising popularity of SUVs. As cars have gotten bigger and taller, pedestrians are more likely to get struck on their heads or their torso. The injuries pedestrians sustain in crashes with large vehicles are more severe and more likely to result in fatalities. Technology in vehicles is starting to provide additional protections for the most vulnerable users of the road, including pedestrians and cyclists.
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