Pedestrian injuries and deaths are serious incidents, and they have seen an uptick in New York recently. Just since the first of the year, four pedestrians have been killed in New York City.
Two people were killed in the latest incident when a 68-year-old woman and 10-year-old child were hit in two separate pedestrian crashes. In the case of the child, he and his mother were struck when a sanitation truck pulled out of a driveway and made a right turn onto 57th Avenue. They were both rushed to the hospital, but the little boy did not survive. The boy's mother was in critical condition, but her family did state that her condition was improving later that day. The child's mother reportedly told family friends that they were in a crosswalk when the tragic accident occurred.
The second fatality on the same day happened when a 68-year-old woman was hit while crossing New Utrecht Avenue. A concrete-mixing truck collided with her. A video showed that the woman was using a cane and had been crossing during a red light. She was in front of the vehicle when the driver moved forward and hit her. People who know the area where the woman was hit and killed say that it is chaotic. They reported that vehicles often get into crashes there.
Of course, fatalities aren't all that happens. Police also reported that a 51-year-old man had been hit and killed, but they later corrected that to indicate that the man had survived.
This news is scary because it shows that pedestrians are at risk of injuries and death even when trying to cross safely. If you're hit, remember that you can pursue a claim against a driver who violated traffic laws.