MANHATTAN, NY – FL – According to Patch.com, Manhattan police are seeking the driver of a truck that is suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run accident. The vehicle was described as “a white Chevrolet model pickup with a black hood, yellow running lights on top of the cab and with black ribs.”
The reports did not indicate whether someone was injured or when and where the incident took place.
The police are asking that anyone with any information about the vehicle or its owner contact the police department.
New York has been dedicated to eliminating traffic fatalities within its city limits. While Vision Zero has been celebrated for the drop in pedestrian fatalities, one area in which the initiative has shown little success is in decreasing the number of hit-and-run crashes in the city.
Pedestrian deaths in NYC hit the lowest number on record in 2017. Considering that the city started keeping records in 1910, the achievement is impressive.
However, over the last five years, the number of hit-and-runs recording in the city has gone up by 26 percent. While most of those crashes involve property damage and no injuries or fatalities, injury-producing hit-and-runs have also increased by around 14 percent.
While a large number of accidents involving drivers fleeing the scene of crashes is troubling enough, the fact that most drivers are never caught is even more problematic. Overall, only one percent of hit-and-run drivers are caught.
While a greater percentage of hit-and-run drivers who cause severe injuries or deaths are caught, only 24 out of 62 of these drivers were caught in 2017.
The city has since introduced a new system to alert people of hit-and-run accidents and to solicit help from the public in catching the offenders.
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