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Hit-and-Run Kills Brooklyn Photographer

It sadly inevitable that New Years would not just be a time to celebrate, but also time to grieve.

In New York City, Guler Ugur-Yaaobi a 44-year-old photographer was killed in a hit-and-run in Morningside Heights on New Year’s Eve, according to police.

upper west side hit-and-run accident

Guler Ugur-Yaaobi was killed by a black SUV That fled scene at Amsterdam Avenue near West 113th Street.

Guler Ugur-Yaaobi, a resident of Kensington in Brooklyn, was crossing Amsterdam Avenue near West 113th Street at about 6 p.m. when she was struck by a black SUV heading north.

She was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The vehicle did not remain at the scene. No further description was available.

Amsterdam Avenue and West 115th has been the scene of other pedestrian accidents in the past. On August 27, 2014, a pedestrian was struck and injured by a black Lincoln town car at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and 116th Street.

4 year old Ariel Russo died after she and her 55-year-old grandmother were pinned at 8:15 a.m. by a vehicle on Amsterdam Ave. near W. 97th St. The suspect has been charged with manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter.

Paul Ajlouny, New York City car accident lawyer, breaks down New York streets that have been sited as dangerous for crossing pedestrians.”West End Avenue from West 61st street to West 75th street, West 66th street from West End Avenue to Columbus Avenue, West 72nd street from West End Avenue to Broadway and West 71st street at Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue are notorious for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

Cars often speed along these roadways.” sites Mr. Ajlouny.

This accident, well not really an accident since the driver that hit Guler Ugur-Yaaobi left the scene, is a tragic reminder that no one is safe on NYC streets, especially on a day we should be celebrating.

Our deepest condolences to Guler Ugur-Yaaobi family in this unbearably, tragic time.” continues Mr. Ajouny.

Mr. Ajlouny goes on to say, “Hopefully the family will get justice and the driver that hit Guler Ugur-Yaaobi will be apprehended.”

There are many pedestrian safety issues that plague the upper west side that include:

  • Lack of enforcement and ticketing of drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians.
  • Signal timing – Not enough time to cross the street.
  • No commercial vehicle signs.
  • Jaywalking.
  • Speeding vehicles.
  • Turning vehicles.
NYC streets are not easy streets for pedestrians to cross.

There are some streets that are wide and carry enormous traffic volumes, often times traveling at high speed. Speed being the contributing factor to a significant number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities every year in New York.

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