QUEENS, New York — Accident investigators from the New York City Police Department finally issued criminal charges against the operator of a vehicle that killed an 85-year-old man crossing the street. The fatal crash happened on September 17, 2019, in Jamaica, Queens. The operator of the car now faces charges of failing to yield to a pedestrian and failing to use appropriate care, according to an article appearing in the New York Daily News. The charges stemmed from an incident when the man police charged was driving a 2013 Jeep and turned left onto 89th Avenue from 170th Street. The victim was walking in the crosswalk of 170th Street when the Jeep hit him. EMS rushed the victim to Jamaica Hospital, but physicians could not save him. The driver of the Jeep SUV. who hails from Richmond Hill, stayed with his car at the accident scene.
The victim of the September 17, 2019, accident was one of 218 traffic deaths in New York City. Out of the 218 traffic deaths, 121 of those killed were pedestrians, and another 28 were riding bicycles when they were struck. ABC 7 New York reported that the number of lives claimed in vehicular accidents in New York City in 2019 was nine percent higher in 2019 over 2018. The number of bicycle riders killed in 2019 rose by 200 percent compared to 2018.
Stakeholders across New York City are analyzing the data with an eye toward adopting measures to reduce the carnage on NYC streets. ABC 7 New York reported that city planners commenced projects that should protect pedestrians and bicycle riders. City Hall is holding tight to ideal started in 2014 with its Vision Zero plan. That plan has fallen off of the tracks over the last couple of years. City leaders expressed hope that their ideas will help reverse the trend.
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