NASSAU COUNTY, NY- Patch.com reports that a 71-year-old male pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on Friday, September 28, 2018, in Great Neck Plaza. Reports indicate that at the time of the accident, the man was attempting to cross Middle Neck Road.
The victim was hit at about 7:15 p.m. by a 2007 Lincoln that was driving south. The man was transported to a local medical center for treatment of serious injuries.
The police do not suspect that any criminal activity was involved in the incident, but the investigation is still underway.
The issue of pedestrian safety in the Great Neck area is highlighted by the 5K race that is scheduled for Sunday, October 7, 2018. The race is held in remembrance of Oren Bennaeim, a Great Neck resident who was killed by a reckless driver about two years ago.
New York State is one of the deadliest places in the country for pedestrians. This is in large part because pedestrian accidents are more likely in large cities like New York City. The state has put in place a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan to help lower the number of fatalities. The program has already cost $110 million which has gone towards education efforts, engineering solutions, and traffic law enforcement. The high-risk areas of the state are the focus of much of the work. Out of 13 areas considered the most dangerous, 8 are located on Long Island.
Fortunately, the efforts to curb pedestrian fatalities have shown success. In 2017, New York City reported its lowest number of pedestrian fatalities ever. The progress is a strong indicator that the safety initiative can be successful in preventing fatal crashes.
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