NORTH PATCHOGUE, Long Island, N.Y. — A bicycle rider died in a hit-and-run crash in North Patchogue on Long Island. Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Squad was called in to investigate the fatal bicycle crash. Detectives say that a man was on a bike riding on North Ocean Avenue, in an area just north of Vehslage Street when a woman driving a Nissan SUV hit him. The bike rider fell, and a second car ran him over. The incident happened close to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. The driver of the first car, a 42-year-old woman, stopped, but the second vehicle did not. Detectives impounded the Nissan SUV to perform a safety check. The detectives assigned to investigate the case asked for the public to help. They said that any information provided would remain confidential at this point.
Over the last twenty or so years, the United States has experienced a steady decline in pedestrian deaths. Statistically, pedestrian deaths — which include bicycle riders — declined from 1990 until around 2009, according to statistics generated by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA). From 2009, pedestrian deaths began to increase at an alarming rate across the nation. In 1990, 6,482 pedestrians died in crashes. By 2009, the number dropped significantly to 4,109. Since then, the numbers are sky-high again. According to the GHSA, 6,227 pedestrians died in collisions with motor vehicles in 2018. Interestingly, the total number of traffic deaths in the U.S. dropped by six percent from 2009 to 2017, without rising.
In New York State in 2017, 112 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents. The number went up to 117 the following year, representing a three percent increase.
In 2017, an astounding 75 percent of all pedestrian deaths happened after dark. Conversely, only four percent of fatalities happened at either dusk or dawn. The remaining 21 percent occurred during the daylight hours.
Where the fatal crashes occur is indicative of the dangers pedestrians face. In 2017, 35 percent of pedestrian deaths were on local streets, with 25 percent on state highways. The least dangerous place for pedestrians was on county roads, where eight percent of all pedestrian fatalities happened.
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