Car crashes into pedestrians waiting for bus, injures 4
As we detailed in a recent blog post, New York City’s streets can be a dangerous place for pedestrians. However, most pedestrians likely believe that they are relatively safe while walking down or standing along the city’s sidewalks. A recent car accident involving a mother and four children who were waiting for a school bus is a troubling reminder of why pedestrians throughout the city must be vigilant and prepared for anything at all times.
The accident occurred on Sept. 29 as a 34-year-old mother and her children waited for the school bus with several other children. Video of the horrifying accident shows several pedestrians standing against a building waiting for the bus when a black car traveling at a high speed jumps the curb and plows into the crowd.
The 34-year-old mother and two of her children, a girl age five and a boy seven, were among those injured in the accident. Also injured were a seven-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. The five-year-old girl suffered serious injuries including broken bones, chest trauma, internal bleeding and a broken pelvis. Her brother also suffered at least one broken leg and chest injuries while their mother was treated for a head injury.
The 57-year-old driver who was responsible for causing the accident was not injured. The man was reported to be an off-duty Uber driver who also “held a Taxi and Limousine Commission license.” While the driver claimed to have lost control of the vehicle prior to the crash, police provided no other information about what other factors may have caused him to jump the curb and crash into the unsuspecting pedestrians.
Pedestrians who are hit by motor vehicles often suffer debilitating injuries. Injuries to the head and internal organs are especially serious and the long-term effects of such injuries are often significant. For these reasons, it’s important that individuals who have been impacted by a pedestrian and motor vehicle accident contact an attorney who can help an individual and his or her family recover compensation.
Source: New York Post, “Out-of-control Uber plows into mom, young kids waiting at bus stop,” Kevin Fasick and Natasha Velez, Sept. 30, 2015