NEW YORK, NY – According to nydailynews.com , a woman was killed when she was struck by an SUV on New York’s Upper East Side. The driver was attempting to park the vehicle when he or she hit the victim.
The victim was identified as Mei Zhuan, 64. The incident took place at about 9:30 in the evening. The vehicle was an Audi which was moving in reverse when it knocked Zhan down.
Zhaun was transported to the Lenox Hill Hospital where she died from head trauma.
The driver has not been charged.
Pedestrians are more likely to be killed when the vehicles involved are SUVs or pickup trucks or other larger vehicles that run higher off the ground. These vehicles strike higher on a victim’s body than a car does. When pedestrians are hit by cars, the injuries are often to a person’s lower extremities. In contrast, when a person is hit by an SUV, head injuries and injuries to the person’s torso are common.
The popularity of larger vehicles has likely added to the rising number of pedestrian deaths that have been occurring across the United States in recent years. SUVs have been outselling sedans in America, leading to many companies discontinuing selling cars and focusing on larger vehicles.
Fortunately, technology is starting to provide ways to protect pedestrians from vehicles better. It is now mandatory for all newly manufactured vehicles to have rear-view cameras, and vehicle sensors are becoming better at recognizing pedestrians. Soon, many vehicles may have the capability to stop themselves when they are about to strike a person.
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