INWOOD, Long Island, N.Y. — A seventeen-year-old motorist slammed into a 26-year-old pedestrian who was trying to cross Doughty Boulevard in Inwood around 7:30 a.m. The pedestrian was severely injured and needed to be airlifted to a hospital for treatment according to the Daily Voice. Nassau County Police investigators said that the teenager was turning left onto Sheridan Boulevard at the time of the crash. The pedestrian sustained serious back injuries in the crash. The Nassau County Police helicopter transported her to the hospital. Nassau County accident investigators have not determined a cause of the crash to this point and still have the matter under investigation.
Nassau County has experienced its share of pedestrian accidents. A report from Columbia University discusses the problem that has persisted for almost three decades. From 1991 to 2000, 9,284 pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles in Nassau County. 299 of those pedestrians did not survive. Pedestrian accidents only made up about 2% of all vehicular accidents in Nassau County during that timeframe. However, pedestrian accidents accounted for 27% of all deaths in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of the pedestrians involved in the accidents during the decade-long study was 37. Most of the accidents surveyed happened during daylight hours. However, the study’s authors observed that pedestrian accidents were becoming more frequent at night. Moreover, a substantial number of pedestrian crashes happened at intersections on Long Island. Surprisingly, 26% of the accidents occurred at intersections when the pedestrian was lawfully crossing with the light.
The results of the educational study showed that injuries and fatalities decreased on an annual basis as the decade progressed on Long Island. Comparatively, the City of New York, also saw pedestrian fatalities decline as the decade ended.
The study seemed to suggest that socio-economic status somehow played a role in being involved in a pedestrian accident. The empirical data captured during the study shows that lower median income household members have a slightly higher risk of being hit by a car than higher-income families. The data is limited and was based solely on an analysis of median household income by zip code.