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Deadly streets for cyclists in New York

Bicyclist in the last week have been hit and killed on the streets of New York.

Three bicyclists were struck by a van during the NYC Century Bike Tour on Sunday morning, critically injuring one of them, police said. The alleged driver of the van, 39-year-old Abel Pina of Brooklyn, was arrested on charges of vehicular assault, driving without a license and driving while impaired.

EAST FLATBUSH — A 35 year old cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries when he appeared to ride into a busy intersection ( at Utica Ave. and Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights) and get struck by livery cab driver Thursday morning, according to police and dramatic video of the incident.

A box truck fatally struck a cyclist on a LOWER MANHATTAN street corner Thursday afternoon, slamming into her while making a right turn, police said. The 38-year-old truck driver was headed east on Walker St. at about 5:45 p.m. when he turned right onto Broadway, striking Yan Jindee, 48, cops said.

A bicyclist was slammed by an MTA bus on Thursday afternoon — and is clinging to life in the hospital, officials said. The cyclist was riding on Kissena Boulevard near the intersection of Peck Avenue in FLUSHING at about 1 pm when the bike crossed over the center line and crashed into a Q17 bus that was headed in the opposite direction.

Twenty people died in New York City traffic in June, and 5,514 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.

  •  56 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through June
  • 6,915 injured
  • 11 motor vehicle occupants died in the city in June
  • 4,190 were injured MVA occupants

Five pedestrians and four cyclists were fatally struck by drivers.

Motorists killed two 80 year old men in June:

  • Jason Tseng
  • Michael Mamoukakis

City wide cyclist collisions:

  • 805 pedestrians
  • 519 cyclists

Of eight fatal crashes on New York streets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death.

Chelsea cyclist Dan Hanegby swerved into the path of the charter bus driver who killed him, though video later revealed the driver sideswiped Hanegby while attempting to pass.

A charter bus driver killed cyclist Michael Mamoukakis. Both drivers were off-route, and both crashes occurred in the 10th Precinct, where bus companies commonly use streets where buses aren’t supposed to be. Though both Hanegby and Mamoukakis appeared to have the right of way, no charges were filed by NYPD or Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance in either case.

Cyclists Corbin Carr and Ronald Burke were killed within hours of one another in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Both victims ran red lights are said to have run red lights. Witnesses said Burke was struck from behind by a motorist traveling in the same direction, contradicting NYPD’s initial account of the crash. The driver who hit Burke fled the scene.

Daniel Nelson and Gabriel Garcia were killed while walking in Staten Island and the Bronx, respectively, by hit-and-run drivers who were not immediately caught or identified.

According to New York car accident attorney Paul Ajlouny, “Most drivers who strike people in NYC are not charged. Nearly half of motorists who kill a NYC pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for negligent driving.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

Cyclist struck in New York

Witness Account of Cyclist struck in New York

In the first seven months of both years, 11 cyclists throughout the city have been killed motor vehicle collisions. In total, 2016 saw 18 cyclist fatalities. A number of high-profile deaths have moved the cycling community to demand greater safety measures from the city.

When Cities Won’t Protect Bike Lanes, ‘Human Bollards’ Step Up

New York City’s signature green-painted bike lanes have spread nearly as fast as Duane Reades and Chase Banks, it seems. But many new lanes are unprotected by physical barriers, which help make safe rides for drivers and cyclists alike.

RESOURCES:

nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Bicyclist-Struck-During-Brooklyn-Bike-Tour-Driver-in-Custody-NYPD-443575653.html

nypost.com/2017/09/11/woman-struck-by-car-in-midtown/

nypost.com/2017/09/07/cyclist-struck-by-mta-bus-in-flushing/

patch.com/new-york/gramercy-murray-hill/cars-have-killed-11-cyclists-so-far-year

citylab.com/transportation/2017/09/when-bike-lanes-are-protected-by-human-bollards/538674/?utm_source=SFTwitter?utm_source=twb

nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/08/01/nyc-drivers-injured-1324-pedestrians-and-cyclists-in-june-and-killed-nine/

2016 Cyclists pedestrian deaths NYC

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.

 

Vision Zero Year 3 Report by DNAinfoNewYork on Scribd

Paralyzed Music Producer in Accident Wins $23M Verdict

A New York-based music producer paralyzed in a 2008 car accident has won a $23.3 million verdict in a Brooklyn jury trial.

Charles Scott Harding, a New York City based artist/producer/engineer/composer, was awarded $8 million in Brooklyn Supreme Court for past pain and suffering, $12.5 million for future pain and suffering and approximately $2.8 million for future medical expenses, according to his lawyer.

His attorney said the damages award appears to be highest ever won in a car accident case.

Harding, who was left paralyzed from the chest down and must use a wheelchair, had lacked closure for eight years during the run-up to the trial, his lawyer said.

Scott was in Intensive Care Unit at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, a victim of a car crash on a Friday in February in which he was a passenger of a car service, returning home from a late night mixing session to finish a new record. Another car came at high-speed through a stop sign and crashed broadside into his car. The accident occurred a short distance from his home. His condition was listed serious, with fractures of his clavicle, rib, shoulder-blade, and back, including catastrophic fracture of his T5 vertebrae, crushing his spinal cord.

The trial took two weeks beginning Nov. 9,  featuring testimony aimed at showing defendant Wojciech Czmielewski and his son, Adrian, were responsible for the collision in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, 2008.

The jury say came back with the statement: We heard the evidence and we know who put you in the position you are in.”

The liability verdict was announced on Nov. 17 and the damages verdict on Nov. 22.

The impact was so loud that neighbors rushed out of their homes. Wojciech Czmielewski, who owned the car, reported it stolen several hours later.

It was the plaintiff’s contention that the car theft was a ruse, and that it was actually driven, and often used by Adrian Czmielewski, who was 18 years old at the time.

The trial also consisted of testimony from a Queens woman, who was Czmielewski’s the neighbor. She testified that a few days after the 2008 crash, she saw Adrian was bruised and cut up, indicating he was in the accident.

This has been a long battle for Scotty Hard and this “WIN” will set him on the road to healing. Below is a YouTube video of Scott hard thanking the generosity of those who donated to his recovery while awaiting a long lawsuit conclusion.

New York personal injury attorney Paul Ajlouny in this case states that the award was warranted considering the victim is now paralyzed due to the severity of the accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 200k people living with spinal cord injuries in the US. Each year, about 12k to 20k new cases of spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. The majority of spinal cord injuries are suffered by younger people. An estimated 50 to 70 % of all new spinal cord injuries are in people in the 15- to 35-year-old age group.

The cost of treating a paralysis victim in the first year after the injury runs, on average, between $300,000 and $1 million. Each year after that treatment will cost between $40,000 and $170,000 as of 2013. The lifetime cost of treating a paralyzed victim can easily run over $3 million dollars.

 

 

Park Slope, Brooklyn School Bus Crash 4 children, 1 adult injured

Developing Story Brooklyn, NY ParkSlope

Reports indicate that at least eight people, including seven children, were hurt in a crash involving a school bus and a car in Brooklyn, New York around 3pm near the intersection of 4th ave and 1st Street in Park Slope.

According to the FDNY one adult and six children suffered injuries. A seventh child has more serious injuries, which are not considered life-threatening. An investigation is currently underway.

7 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash in Brooklyn

7 children, 1 adult injured in school bus crash in Brooklyn

Deadly Accident Outside Barclays Center

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN OUTSIDE BARCLAYS CENTER–
A cyclist was killed and three others injured in a crash this early Monday morning outside the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

According to Authorities, an SUV heading northbound on Flatbush Avenue crossed the double yellow line, went into the southbound lane, and struck a bicyclist.

The SUV then struck another vehicle. The bicyclist, a man in his 30s, was killed on impact.

Three others injured in the accident were transported to New York Methodist Hospital.

The impact of this gruesome accident spread shattered glass, car parts and smashed vehicles stretching for  five blocks.

A witness of the accident saw the driver of SUV hit a Toyota Camry that stopped at a red light at Dean Street and Fourth Avenue. Slammed right into it without breaking.

After rear ending the Camry, witnesses say the driver backed up, went around the Camry then drove into oncoming traffic at a high speed where he then hit the bicyclist near Atlantic Avenue.

The scene was just so tragic. The driver kept on going with the man on his hood, striking a black car before crashing again on Flatbush. Bicycle parts could still be seen stuck in the wheel.

Several people were taken to nearby hospitals, including the driver of the Toyota Camry and an Uber driver who had three passengers in his vehicle.

Cyclist killed in gruesome, bike-shattering accident outside Barclays Center

Cyclist Killed After Bike Shattered in Gruesome SUV Crash Near Barclays

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer, weighs in on this tragic fatal crash. “this was no accident, this was a total disregard for human life. The fact that a vehicle was rear ended and the driver of the SUV continued on to hit the cyclist — criminal. It will not be surprising to learn that this driver was in some way impaired. As the picture shows below, snapped by a witness at the scene, this was no accident, this is a crime scxene.” Says, Mr. Ajlouny.

“From the eyewitness events that took place, once the driver of the SUV hit the car on Dean street, he panicked and tried to make a run for it, running the red light and then hitting the cyclist. The sick thing is there was not one rational thought in this crazed SUV drivers mind. He continued on with the cyclist on the hood of his vehicle, hit another vehicle and then crashed into the intersection on Atlantic and fourth.” Comments, Mr. Ajlouny

Tragic collision in brooklyn

Remnant of bicycle in SUV front wheel, Atlantic Ave & Flatbush.

New York City JULY 4TH TRAFFIC ADVISORY

NYC INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS STREET CLOSURES

 

Friday July 03-4, 2015

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations and parking meter regulations are suspended on Friday, 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for observance of Independence Day.

TIPS: Make sure to comply with the rest parking regulations and parking meter regulations.
Cops think they are not suspended!!!

Friday July 03-4, 2015

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) & parking meter regulations are suspended on Friday, 3 and Saturday, July 4, 2015 for observance of Independence Day.

MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS CELEBRATION STREET CLOSURES IN NYC:

THE MACY’S 4TH OF JULY ANNUAL FIREWORKS CELEBRATION means likely congestion and interruption the normal flow of traffic in the area in Manhattan.

Manhattan Locations:

  • FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and East 63rd Street
  • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • FDR Driver Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
  • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
  • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
  • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
  • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • East 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
  • East 20th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 30th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 33rd Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • East 34th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 37th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 48th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive

Brooklyn Locations:

  • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
  • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
  • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street

Queens Locations:

  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South;
  • Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • 2nd Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek / Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard

For the full list of streets activities go to: The Latest NYC Weekend Traffic Advisory
Additional street closures, as well as changes in timing or duration, can occur if deemed necessary by the Police Department.

This information is subject to change without further notice.

This traffic information comes from many different sources

Main source of this information is The New York City Department of Transportation

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Pedestrians injured in Brooklyn crash

EMS reports two pedestrians were struck during a multicar crash Wednesday morning in East New York.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Cozine and Pennsylvania avenues just before 10:30 a.m. Witnesses say a woman in a gray Toyota Corolla was making a left turn on Pennsylvania Avenue when she tried to avoid a pedestrian crossing the street.

Pedestrian Struck

Breaking News East New York: Pedestrians struck: 21st and Pennsylvania Ave NW.

One of the pedestrians remains in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital after being struck by an out-of-control car in Brooklyn this Wednesday morning. Reports are indicating she suffered serious head injury and may not survive.

Witness reports indicate that a 29-year-old woman driving a Toyota sedan southbound on Pennsylvania Avenue made a left turn onto Cosine, lost control of the car, and drove onto the sidewalk and struck the victims.
She first slammed into a livery cab as well as into a 59-year old man.

The other pedestrian, male, sustained lacerations to the face and is reported in stable condition.

The vehicle remained on the scene, and the investigation is ongoing.

Other people in the vehicles were also being treated.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Fort Green Brooklyn Morning Crash Leaves Mangled Mess

A Vehicle crash early Sunday morning left four cars and a motorcycle in a mangled mess in Ft. Greene street in Brooklyn seriously injuring two people.

According to NYPD 3 individuals were injured in the accident and transported to Methodist Hospital.

The driver of an SUV ran a red light at Cumberland Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene

Two people seriously injured  in multi-car crash in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

According to witnesses the driver of the Dodge SUV allegedly ran a red light at Lafayette Avenue and Cumberland Street in the early morning hours on Sunday.

The crash caused the SUV to hit parked vehicles, then flipping over on the passenger.

The driver and it’s pass anger according to witnesses had to be extracted.

An investigation is still underway.

“Statistically, the most dangerous time to drive is Saturday early morning Sunday”, says Paul Ajlouny, New York personal injury lawyer. This accident plays into the statistics. It’s the weekend evening / early morning hours, contributing dangerous factors can include drunk driving, speeding or driving without a safety belt.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents kill more than 40,000 people in the U.S. each year; they are the No. 1 cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34.

Mr. Ajlouny continues,  “It’s not surprising that weekends, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, have the highest number of injury crashes”.

” Here’s a bit of advice to keep in mind. You may be a good driver and abide by all the laws in order to stay safe. However, you can never predict the negligent act of another driver. What you can do is  always wear a seat belt, and stay focused and alert. Accidents in New York happen. Surviving them is another factor.” states Mr. Ajlouny.

Fatal Pedestrian Accident Draws Attention to Safety

Early morning hours – Dangerous driving times. Car Accidents happen NYC.

Belt Parkway Deadly Car Crash

A  car crash on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn early Monday, kills one person and injures three others.

The accident occurred at 1:15 a.m. on the Erskine St. exit ramp in the Spring Creek area, according to NYPD.

The three victims of the car crash were transported to Brookdale Hospital, where one remains in critical condition.

Firefighters according to witnesses worked to pry a man’s body from the driver’s seat of the Nissan sedan along with administering aid to a female passenger.

Brooklyn Car Crash

Car crashes into a pole on the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, killing driver, injuring 3.

Critically injured teen after being struck by car in Brooklyn

A teenager was seriously injured after being struck by a car outside James Madison High School in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

The 17 year old, a student at the school, was struck by the car at around 12:10pm.

According to witnesses, the teen ran out into the street to catch the bus and when he was struck. He was thrown into the bus after he was hit.

The teen was taken to Kings County Hospital in critical condition.

The car that struck the victim remained at the scene. Police are investigating.

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