A car struck two 13-year-old girls in Queens as they were crossing the street, killing one and injuring the other. The fatal accident took place on Oct. 24th at around 6:45 a.m. on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park. A green Chevy sedan, driven by a 55-year-old male, was headed south and struck the girls as they were crossing near 149th avenue.
The driver remained at the scene after the accident, Newsday reports. Police are still investigating the incident and have not made any arrests so far. The girls were transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where one girl was pronounced dead due to severe head trauma. The other girl suffered a leg injury and was reportedly in stable condition.
Unfortunately, traffic deaths appear to be on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released a report showing that traffic deaths increased 10.4 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015. In the first six months of 2016, 17,775 people died in traffic incidents compared to 16,100 during the same period in 2015. The report noted that Americans drove more this year, but it does not account for the increase in traffic fatalities.
“It is too soon to attribute contributing factors or potential implications of any changes in deaths on our roadways,” NHTSA stated. The number of traffic deaths has been increasing consistently in recent years. Beginning in the final months of 2014, the rate of traffic deaths has been higher compared to the corresponding period of previous years for seven consecutive quarters.
In an effort to eliminate traffic deaths by 2046, NHTSA announced its “Road to Zero” coalition. The initiative includes plans to prevent deaths on sidewalks and bicycle paths.