NEW YORK CITY statistics recorded more than 160 cyclists and pedestrians killed in crashes during the third year of the mayor’s Vision Zero initiative meant to deter such deaths. Cyclists and pedestrian deaths rose in 2016 compared to previous 2014-2015.
In 2016 NYPD arrested 39 drivers striking cyclists and pedestrians under Vision Zero’s right of way law, Administrative Code 19-190, the city said all thanks to the progress of the Vision Zero initiative.
“Despite our record success in saving lives these past three years, we know that Vision Zero is just starting,” de Blasio said.
“Pedestrian hit and runs happen throughout New York too frequently even with the Vision Zero initiative in place, downtown Brooklyn and midtown Manhattan are the most dangerous areas for pedestrians.”, according to New York personal injury lawyer, Paul Ajlouny.
Pedestrian Struck Statistics:
- Eighteen people died in New York City traffic in February, and 3,770 were injured, according to Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero View crash data map
- 26 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists this year, and 2,277 injured.
- Across the city, 1,008 pedestrians and 183 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles.
Remembering The Victims:
- Gwendolyn Booker was struck by a school bus driver on a sidewalk in Brooklyn.
- Dorothy Heimann and Maria Minchala were hit by turning drivers at intersections in Brooklyn and Manhattan, respectively.
- Alexa Smith, 16, was killed on a street in Queens with a 40 miles per hour speed limit by a dollar van driver who left the scene.
- Jose Contreras, Besik Shengelia, and an unnamed male pedestrian were killed on the same night by hit-and-run drivers in the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn.