Weekend Hit-And-Runs In NYC
Over the weekend, three people have died in the hit-and-run incidents.
Sunday a car struck a pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The driver ran a red light and hit a man crossing Fifth Avenue and fled the scene, according to NYPD
The man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
This accident was one of many hit-and-run crashes across the city over the weekend.
- A Brooklyn crash, according to NYPD to the life of Besik Shenglia who was hit by an unidentified vehicle on 111st Street in Ozone Park, Queens.
- On Sunday, Jose Contreras was struck and killed by a SUV near the entrance of the Cross Bronx Expressway at Webster Avenue in the Tremont section of the Bronx. The SUV kept going, police said. Contreras was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
- In the SoHo, a 30-year-old man was struck and seriously injured at 568 Broadway near Prince Street around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
- In Queens, a 22-year-old woman was hit by a car at Guy Brewer Boulevard and 119th Avenue in South Jamaica.
Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer weighs in , “It never ceases to amaze me how anyone can hit someone with their car just keep driving off. Leaving the scene of an accident is just plain stupid. You will only make matters worse for yourself!” Paul Ajlouny said.
In 2014 the City Council passed a bill fining hit-and-run drivers up to $10,000 and possible jail time.
Mayor Bill de Blasio Vision Zero initiative is in place in order to reduce traffic fatalities, and says it’s working. Is it? After this tragic weekend, makes us wonder.
Statistics show that there were a shocking 4,000 hit-and-run crashes that resulted in serious injury or death in 2015.
Here’s some free advice New York:
- Drivers Slow Down.
- Don’t Drink and Drive.
- Pedestrians Look Both Ways
- Never, ever leave the scene of an accident.