CORAM, Long Island, N.Y. — A 33-year-old man who lived in Mt. Sinai died at Stony Brook University Hospital after he was struck by a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Detectives assigned to the Sixth Squad of the Suffolk County Police Department have asked the public to contribute any information they have about the crash. According to a report published by owntownmedia.com, a 2010 Mercedes-Benz, operated by a man from Shoreham, headed north on North Ocean Avenue when the victim entered the road. The sedan struck the pedestrian a short distance away from Hawkins Road. The fatal Long Island pedestrian accident occurred around 12:15 p.m. Physicians at Stony Brook University Hospital could not save the victim. Police are still investigating the case.
New York City set another record recently related to COVID-19. However, this milestone should be celebrated. New York City went 58 consecutive days without a pedestrian death. ABC News reports the 58-day stretch is the longest period without a fatal crash since the city started keeping pedestrian traffic fatality statistics in 1983.
On March 22, nonessential governmental workers, and workers from the private sector in New York were told to work from home. Since then, New York’s busy streets are mainly free from vehicular traffic. People are now free to walk about without the overwhelming threat of being run over by a car, truck, or SUV. Sadly, the threat of dying in New York in a pedestrian accident will increase exponentially once the city begins to reopen, and commuters return to work.
Executives and authorities from the New York City Department of Transportation expressed concern about a trend they have observed on the City’s wide-open streets: speeding. The number of traffic citations the city has issued during the lockdown has more than doubled since February. The executives pleaded with motorists to slow down and observe posted speed limits. The city set up speed cameras at various locations to capture speeding cars. The photo or video identifying the vehicle allows authorities to issue citations to the registered owner.
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