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Times Square vehicle collision with pedestrian injuries.

Crash into Town Square crowd possible deliberate act!

INJURED PEDESTRIAN TELLS DRIVER’S ACTIONS APPEARED ‘INTENTIONAL’ IN NEW YORK’S TIMES SQUARE! Initial reports said as many as 22 people were hurt and 1 killed when a car struck a crowd in Times Square.

“Everybody was just running, everyone was concerned for their lives,” says witness of Times Square crash. According To The FDNY 22 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square.

1:03 Eastern Update: A person has died in the Times Square crash; 20 are hurt, say authorities.

 scene in Times Square where a car fatally plowed into a crowd of pedestrians

Scene in Times Square where a car fatally plowed into a crowd of pedestrians

Times Square just went nuts. People screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops. People injured. WTF

Times Square just went nuts. People screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops. People injured. WTF

Just In - Vehicle-pedestrian crash Times Square

Just In – Vehicle-Pedestrian Crash Times Square

Car speeding before collision and appeared to be out of control going the wrong way according to witnesses. Driver, believed to be from the Bronx, taken into custody after barreling into the lunch-hour crowd in Times Square. Driver believed to have history of drunk driving.

#BREAKING: Police ID driver as 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx in deadly Times Square crash. One young women is dead.

Richard Rojas, seconds after he plowed into a crowd of people in #TimesSquare. 1 dead, 22 hurt.

Richard Rojas, seconds after he plowed into a crowd of people in #TimesSquare.

13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square

13 total patients currently reported at scene of motor vehicle accident in Times Square — 45st St New York, NY 10036 Photo Credit FDNY

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Drivers, Pedestrians, Cyclists Hit & Run

Risking Our Lives Daily

According to Gersh Kuntzman, a NYC cyclist, pedestrian and driver, New Yorker’s risk their lives every time they leave their apartments on foot, in a car or on a bike. New Y0rk Roads and sidewalks are still  dangerous even with the Vision Zero initiatives in place. Mr. Kuntzman has drawn up a basic set of rules, a constitution, by which, all (drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians) should abide by in order to stay safe, to stay alive (lest we all kill and maim each other and our streets run even more slick with blood.)

“We the Users of the Streets of the City of New York — the Drivers, the Pedestrians, the Cyclists — in order to form a more perfect Understanding, establish Rules, insure roadway Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the reduction of transportational Warfare, and secure the Blessings of Safety to ourselves and our fellow Users, do ordain and establish this Constitution.”

Kunzman’s objective was to craft a Constitution in hopes of reducing violence on the New York streets.  WHY? He is sick of watching so many near-misses every day. Please send all proposed amendments to gkuntzman@nydailynews.com to be brought up at the next Constitutional Convention.

Increasing bike paths and bike safety is part of the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative to reduce the number of traffic related fatalities and is also a key strategy of the Health Department to build neighborhoods that encourage physical activity. Through the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity, the agency is committed to investing in undeserved communities and eliminating the health inequities in New York City.

Data reported by Streets Blog reported seventeen people died in New York City traffic in July, and 5,310 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map. 83 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through July of 2016, and 8,378 injured, compared to 77 deaths and 7,835 injuries in the same period in 2015.

Citywide, nine pedestrians and three cyclists were fatally struck by drivers last month. Among the victims were Teresa Martinelli, Matthew von Ohlen, Jorge Zepeda, Andrew Esquivel, Sean Ryan, Terrence Montrose, Roberts Nukheimra, Jack Koval, Antonio Flores, and an unnamed male pedestrian in the Bronx.

Motorists killed at least one senior in July: Teresa Martinelli, 79. Across the city, 727 pedestrians and 498 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.

Hit-and-Run Drivers Are Still Killing NYC Pedestrians

While the de Blasio administration touts 2016 as a year in which the Vision Zero initiative continued to drive down traffic deaths — down four percent from 2015 to 225, and down from 300 deaths in 2013 — all of this year’s gains were made in the category of drivers or passengers. For pedestrians and cyclists, it was another story altogether: according to NY1, 140 pedestrians were killed on city streets, a slight rise from the year before, while eighteen cyclists were killed, up four.

Most alarming: a sharp spike in the number of pedestrians killed by hit-and-run drivers, which jumped by 34%. During the first three days of 2017, there were three separate incidents of fatal hit-and-runs alone. And drivers are getting away with it: in a report released by the NYPD last September, only 13 arrests were made after 38 deadly hit-and-runs during FY 2016. In 22 instances where someone was seriously hurt, just 14 arrests were made.

According to New York Car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny, “You turn on the news and just about everyday, pedestrian are struck by a car. Statistics indicate pedestrians are struck by cars more than 150,000 times a year. Every two hours, one is killed.” states Mr. Ajlouny. “Often times the cause of the accident diver distraction. Pedestrian also need to take responsibility by putting away their phones while walking.”

Video of Car Jumping Curb Hitting Teen Girl

Victim In Fatal Brooklyn Hit-And-Run ID’d As New York DJ

Recent accidents 2017

  • A 76-year-old bicyclist is in critical condition following a hit-and-run crash in Flushing, Queens. victim listed in critical condition at Booth Memorial Hospital with head trauma. March 4, 2017 7:13 PM
  • Queens Man, 28, Killed In Hit-And-Run Crash On Grand Central Parkway goo.gl/c4uobf
  • Car Jumps Curb, Strikes Teen Girl In Borough Park, Brooklyn goo.gl/hkG8Ny

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New York Hit & Run Lawyer: 718-233-3913 – Victims rights attorney

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New York Hit and Run. “didn’t see” The Victim Doesn’t Fly!

In New York City, most drivers who hit people with their vehicle and then flee the scene are rarely ever charged with a crime. The police fist of all need to find them to make an arrest, in order to get a hit-and-run conviction, according to New York state law.

In any case prosecuting attorneys still need to prove a driver knew he or she hit someone and caused injury. Story at the intersection is, that pedestrian accidents in New York are dropped, or just not pursued at all, once a driver claims he “didn’t see” the victim. Have they though?

Since the beginning of 2016 there are there have been 4 hit and runs to count so far.

  • Just this Friday morning, Jan 22, 2016 12:12 pm, a 15-Year-Old Boy In Critical Condition Following Williamsburg Hit-And-Run.
  • A 29-year-old man was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while crossing northbound lanes of the FDR in Kips Bay on January 8, 2016.
  • Another hit-and-run driver careened into the Gowanus Canal on Monday, January 18, 2016, after striking another vehicle on Court Street.
  • On Thursday, officers arrested the driver of a Ryder rental truck who they say fatally struck a cyclist in Sheepshead Bay on Tuesday.

New York has adopted hit-and-run civil penalties depend on the drivers’ word.

Increasing penalties for drivers who leave the scene of a crash without reporting it. How many hit-and-runs there have been so far this year in New York City.

NYPD Reports a whopping 34,000 hit and flee accidents. 4,000 of those “personal injury”, leaving the scene. 48 of the 4000 were considered “catastrophic injury”.

Think about that number 4,000 personal injuries in which a driver injured or killed someone in New York and then fled.

2015 Statistics according to NYPD reports:
48 catastrophic hit-and-runs
28 suspects were arrested
480 arrests
475 moving summonses.

According to New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny,  with the law firm of Ajlouny Injury Law,  “Fleeing the scene of an accident where a person is fatally struck should never be down-played! Pedestrian lives matter — All lives matter, there’s no excuse for fleeing the scene of an accident!” says Mr.Ajlouny.

hurt in hit-and-run crashes in New York.

Hurt in hit-and-run crashes in New York. New York Pedestrian Lives matter!

 

Man Struck By City Bus in Freak Accident 06:29AM BRONX

In a freak and sad accident this Friday early morning a man is killed as he stumbles out of a his car right into the path of a city bus in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx.

According to sources the 23-year-old Bronx man, who had just left an Inwood club, told his livery driver that he needed to vomit while on West 231 Street just after 2:30 a.m. The man opened the back door of the livery car and vomited.

A passing bus driver told police he spotted the man and veered to get out his way. But the man then stumbled out of the livery car and was hit by the bus. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

bus strikes man in the Bronx

Man stuck/killed in crosswalk on Kingsbridge Ave and W231 Street in Bronx.

In the last 48 hours New York Crashes

 

Drunk motorist crashes car into Long Island living room

An intoxicated dr served out of driver loses control of his vehicle and crashes right into a residents Long Island living room early Saturday morning. Gerard Tegins, 20, runs a stop sign at 2:30 a.m. heading southbound on Harrison and Parkside avenues in the Miller Place section of Suffolk County, according to authorities.

Then the 20 year old driver then crosses several front lawns on the block before crashing into a house at 352 Parkside Avenue. He was rushed to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson and treated for minor injuries, cops said.

“A Little Advice, Drinking and Driving Kills.” Say’s Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer, “30 people in the US die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunk drivers.

Statistically averaging out to one death every 51 minutes. So as life saving as this message has been, we still see drunk driving — Just NOT OK. Make a personal vow to drive sober but also STOP anyone under the influence from drinking and driving. Tackle the, take their keys away,answer that call when they are calling for a ride, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”

Deadly Crash In The Bronx

According to NYPD an early morning car crash on Eastchester av. in the Bronx leaves 1 dead and 3 others seriously injured. Saturday, April 18 2015.

Deadly crash in Bronx

The deadly Crash happened at 222nd Street and Eastchester Road at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.

A 43-year-old man was killed early Saturday when his BMW was T-boned in the Bronx and sent hurtling into a pole, officials said. Alvin Fuster was traveling at a high rate of speed on E. 222nd St. near Eastchester Rd. in Baychester at 2 a.m. when he was struck by a Dodge Avenger, police said. The force of the horrifying impact sent the BMW off the street and into a utility pole.

“Just this last week there was another devastating, deadly crash that killed two  people on the Grand Central Pkwy service road due to high speed. These deadly high speed accidents should send a clear message to drivers, yet people continue to use New York city streets as if they are Nascar drivers. A bit of advice, “slow down!”, says New York car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny.

Dozens, including 23 children, hospitalized after truck and school bus collide in Queens Village.

23 children were taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park for observation when a truck that was hit by a school bus crashed into a fruit stand on Hillside Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard in Queens Village on Friday, April 17, 2015, according to NYPD. Three people were also taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

Truck Vs. School Bus

School bus Vs truck crash, truck propels into Queens Village grocery store New Giant Farm.

2 people hospitalized in rollover crash after suspected car chase

Two people were hospitalized after a car rolled over at the end of a suspected high-speed pursuit. According to witnesses, a driver in a Lincoln MKZ tried to out run pursuing police. The car hit the median, then a taxi and ultimately flipped.

The rollover happened near I.S. 313 Diana Sands School in the Bronx. EMT says the two people injured in the crash were taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital. The two hurt people were the driver of the Lincoln and the driver of the cab.

Police Car Chase Accident

2 hospitalized in rollover after suspected car chase (4/17/15)

Pedestrian Accidents Throughout NY This Week

A man was struck and killed by a bus in Midwood, Brooklyn this last Friday, one of several pedestrian deaths in the city over the last 24 hours. Making New Yorkers take a second look and question whether the mayor’s plan to reduce pedestrian fatalities is working.

64-year-old Martin Hernandez Tuffino was crossing Avenue M on a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a Freightliner bus turning off Coney Island Avenue mid afternoon Friday.

Mr. Tuffino was stuck under the bus with severe head trauma and died at the scene.

Bus hits and kills pedestrian

Pedestrian Killed By Bus Driver On Coney Island Avenue.

Police reported that two other pedestrians were killed and one was critically injured in separate incidents around the city.

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Main Street & Maple Avenue pedestrian accident

New York personal injury attorney weighs in on this tragic bus accident., “Just last week, an MTA bus driver was arrested and charged with failure to yield after he struck and seriously injured a 15-year-old girl in Williamsburg. Bus accidents in New York are on a rise.

In this particular accident, just by looking at the pictures, the bus drivers windshield offers very limited visibility. What was the bus driver thinking?” Suggest Mr. Ajlouny.

“Many accidents happen due to unwieldy vehicles and right turns in our city. Further steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians pedestrians crossing the street before vehicles can proceed; possible traffic signals dedicated to pedestrians crossing.” Continues Mr. Ajlouny.

The MTA has 5,700 buses along 310 routes in New York. These numbers do not include private buses.  It’s the largest municipal bus system in the nation.

Well the pressure is on! The city has just passed the “failure to yield”  is intended to crack down on those who encroach on pedestrian crosswalks.  This law  is intended to hold bus operators responsible in an attempt to ensure safety of  both passengers and pedestrians — and has led to multiple arrests.

 

Teens hurt in Medford car crash

Three teens were hurt, the evening of the 10th, after a crash in Medford, NY., Kaynen Peters, 17, was pulling out of a driveway on North Ocean Avenue when his car was hit by an SUV.

Peters and his 19-year-old passenger Brandi Bass, are listed in critical condition. The third passenger, Desiree Lamberson, 19, is listed in serious condition.

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Patchogue, NY- Crash injures 4, possibly 1 fatality on N Ocean Ave near Woodside.

According to Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer, “there are so many factors to consider in the devastating accident. One being the road conditions, the snow is piled and seeing approaching traffic may have been difficult.

The impact of the hit authorizes will need to investigate how fast the SUV was going. North Ocean Ave is notorious for speed, at least 80 mph even though the speed limit is 45 mph. North Ocean Ave is notorious for being dangerous. Its a highway with houses all along side of it.

However, until an investigation is completed, the accident may or may not have involved speeding. The car was hit on the driver and back door of the car, which is the softest place of the car. There is no protection there. It’s been reported that the other vehicle had minor damage, which prob means speeding might not be a factor.  Our prayers go out to the families of the teens involved in this accident.” states Mr.  Ajlouny.

Kaynen Peters and his two female passengers, Brandi Bass and Desiree Lamberson, both of Patchogue, along with Sanchez the driver of the SUV, were transported via ambulance to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.

The sister of Brandi Bass posted on Facebook saying, “Brandi is in critical condition with a broken back, broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. My sister was on the way to save a life, after the driver of car, Kaynen Peters, got a text from his girlfriend saying that she was going to kill herself. All three jumped in the car to talk her out of it. They never made it out the driveway.”

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Pete Noel · Top Commenter

Not necessarily. Cars today are designed to come apart in accidents. It’s a safety feature taken from NASCAR designed to lessen the force of impact and transfer less energy to the interior cabin. Also, an SUV wouldn’t have to be going that fast to cause that much damage to a small sedan considering the weight ratios. An SUV will have a lot of kentic energy being transferred into a much smaller and lighter vehicle. That would make the smaller car crumble more than if it had been hit by vehicle of equal size and weight.

TonyandAmy Garcia

Or maybe the kids just didn’t see him…& pulled right out in front of him! JUST HAD THIS HAPPEN TO ME YESTERDAY!! man pulled out if a hiddin driveway did not EVEN LOOK to see who was coming down the 30 mph road…nuts!! Everyone just needs to pay more attention!!! & slow the f*ck down..we all come to same red light…u just get there first…& have to wait longer for it to turn green!!

Breaking: Car crashes predicted this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend dangerous on New York roads.

According to the The National Safety Council an estimated 418 traffic fatalities and another 44,700 serious injuries may occur from car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Here are some suggested tips that will save your life this Thanksgiving weekend.

New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny, offers some FREE ADVICE:

Be smart and take some precautions if traveling on icy, wet stormy roads this holiday season:

  • Be smart! Buckle-up.  More than 600 police agencies across New York State will be ensuring a zero tolerance enforcement effort.
  • Stay off those cellphones – including hands-free – behind the wheel.
  • Make sure that children re securely and safely restrained.
  • Do not drink and drive! New York State police will be cracking down on drunk drivers in order to prevent injuries and save lives.
  • If the weather report indicates storms and treacherous travel conditions — consider staying home!
Car accidents in hazerdous weather

Stormy weather causes car accidents.

An estimated 41.3 million travelers are expected to hit the nation’s highways for the holiday weekend, which is a 4.3% increase over last year. Travel is going to be hazardous with both rain and snow, causing slick roads. 

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times in the United States, with more than 46 million Americans expected to make trips between Wednesday and Sunday, travel group AAA said. More than 89 percent will travel by car, it said.

slippery wet road conditions.

Cars make their way through the Washington bridge in New York November 26, 2014. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz

You might want to consider staying home and staying safe.

Medical Attention After A Car Accident

Think twice before refusing medical attention!

If you are in a car accident and you feel OK, not injured, don’t let you body and mind fool you.  You may be in shock after the accident.  You should go to the emergency room or see your family physician ASAP.

Recently there was a horrific wrong-way car accident on FDR Drive in New york where five people were injured and rushed to Bellevue Hospital and one person refused medical attention at the scene.  The individual that refused medical treatment is probably feeling the impact days later.

“There are medical and legal reasons for getting immediate medical care after a car accident.”,  says New York car accident attorney, Paul Ajlouny.

medical attention after accident

Refusing medical attention at the scene may be a mistake.        Ask A Lawyer: 1-800-535-5029

Your think Whee, I’m OK! Are you?

Car accidents can physically and mentally impact an accident victim. If you feeling pain after a car accident, you should get yourself checked out as soon as possible. Not seeking medical attention after a car accident can also impact your personal injury claim. Remember, New York is a No-Fault state, which means your own insurance will pay all of your medical bills, up to at least $50,000. This is called “personal injury protection” (PIP).

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Argument Leads To Fatal Vehicular Accident

Two people were killed in an accident early Sunday morning in Elmont, Long Island.

Deadly car accident in Elmont 4:15 Sunday Morning, left a mangled mess.

Deadly car accident in Elmont 4:15 Sunday Morning, left a mangled mess.

Elmont, NY.  A fatal vehicular accident occurred in Elmont, New York  involving a male driver and a female passenger in a green 1995 Dodge Caravan in the vicinity of 99 Main Street, Hempstead reported arguing.

A police officer investigating the disturbance got was out of his car at which time the driver backed up and twice struck the marked Radio Motor Patrol Car. The driver then fled east on Center Street.

Shortly after, the Dodge was reported traveling at a high rate of speed west on Hempstead Turnpike when they struck a 2002 Ford driven by a 22 year old male traveling north on Meacham Avenue attempting to turn left onto Hempstead Turnpike. The Dodge then was redirected and struck a nearby utility pole.

The driver of the Dodge, Eduardo Sosa Zapata, 23 of Westbury and passenger Jackeline Reyes, 22, of Bellmore were both pronounced deceased at the scene by a Nassau County Medical Technician. The other driver refused medical attention at the scene.

New York car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, weighs in on the dangers of passenger distraction, “Talking on a cell phone while driving is a dangerous given.  Passengers also can cause distractions and crash accidents, as seen in the Elmont, New York crash.” Mr. Ajlouny goes on to say, “Any passenger in the car may have an effect on the driver, in this case a heated argument.”

Studies show that drivers with passengers were almost 60 percent more likely to have a motor vehicle crash resulting in ether a fatality or serious injury requiring hospitalization.

Mr. Ajlouny weighs in on the other driver struck in this fatal accident., “The interesting point to make in this case is that the 22 year old driver struck in this accident refused medical treatment.  Any money he will be feeling the effects of that accident physically in the days to come. It is not advisable to walk away from such a devastating accident without seeking immediate medical attention.  Your adrenaline may have kicked in and YES you may be injured!

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