String of Pedestrian fatalities continue


The number of pedestrians killed by motor vehicles keeps going up. Last week a 62-year-old woman was killed crossing a street in Brooklyn by an MTA bus. The bus was making a left turn when it struck the woman. This is just another accident in the city in which a pedestrian was killed by a bus making a left turn. NBC 4 News reports, “A series of recent fatal MTA bus accidents involving drivers making left turns has renewed discussion over how to mitigate blind spots for drivers. Last month, a 59-year-old woman was struck and killed by a Q23 bus while trying to cross Kessel Street near 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens, and a 70-year-old woman was struck and killed by a B15 bus in East New York, Brooklyn.”

The bus driver in the most recent case was charged with the failure to yield to a pedestrian which now involves more than just a fine. He did however stay at the scene, so he was not charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

This is just the latest accident involving motor vehicles and pedestrians in a year where the number of accidents has increased despite the Mayor’s Vision Zero Plan to help make the city streets safer.

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