According to a news report posted on planetizen.com, there were two early morning hit-and-run collisions that injured one pedestrian and tragically killed another in New York City. In both crashes, the drivers who were responsible for the collisions fled the accident scenes. Responding law enforcement officers answered the emergency 911 call concerning a hit-and-run collision that took place in Harlem at approximately 2:50 AM. The NYPD officers arrived to find a man brutally injured by West 147th Street and Riverside Drive. The pedestrian’s age and identity were unknown at the time of this article’s publication. The pedestrian was rushed to a local area hospital, where he tragically passed away. Police did not have a description of the suspect’s motor vehicle.
An hour later, at around 4 AM, NYC police arrived at Times Square to handle a second hit-and-run pedestrian collision. The officers found a victim near 42nd Street and 8th Avenue who was trying to cross the street when they were struck by a motor vehicle. NYC Police reported that the injured pedestrian was struck by a white Dodge truck that fled the midtown precinct. The pedestrian injured in that collision was taken to a local hospital and is listed in grave medical condition. Tragically, there haven’t been any arrests in either case and the accident investigations are ongoing.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has responded to the growing pedestrian fatalities by launching a new, equity-focused pedestrian and bike planning initiative. Adams is targeting neighborhoods that lack quality jobs and transportation to expand the city’s greenway network. Mayor Adams will tap into the $7.25 million in federal infrastructure funding to create new bicycle paths. This federal funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE grant program, which was announced last August.
According to New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, the federal funding will help New York City create a world-class greenway network that supports the growing cycling community. NYC Parks, NYCDOT, and the New York Economic Development Corporation are working together to build a thorough greenway vision plan to guide future projects related to city biking. This plan will identify the five corridors for future bike and pedestrian infrastructure upgrades.
A map the city submitted to the federal government provides potential new greenway sections. These include an extension of Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway into Brownsville, a section along the Harlem River in the Bronx, the Jamaica Bay Greenway into southeast Queens, and Staten Island’s North Shore. Last year was the deadliest year for pedestrians, and Mayor Adams hopes to greatly reduce those figures during his administration.
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