Many New York residents are killed or injured in pedestrian accidents each year, and data from the NHTSA indicates that busy urban streets such as those found in Queens are particularly hazardous for those traveling on foot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a pedestrian is killed every two hours in the United States, and those over the age of 65 or under the age of 15 have a higher risk of being struck by a motor vehicle while out walking.
The wife of a CBS senior vice president was struck by a bicyclist in New York's Central Park. The 58-year-old woman was reportedly stepping off a curb when she was hit by a bicycle being operated by a 31-year-old man who was swerving to keep from hitting a group of pedestrians. The victim was kept on life support for a few days before she died.
On June 18 at around 5 pm, an elderly pedestrian was struck by a local sightseeing bus in New York. An anchor with a local news outlet reported that the victim was taken to Bellevue in serious condition. The source did not specify the injuries suffered. A spokesman with the tour bus company, CitySights NY, expressed the business' sympathy for the injured woman and also noted the company's track record of safety in a public statement.
Mayor Bill deBlasio has been trying to make New York City's streets safer; not from crime, but from dangerous driving. His Vision Zero initiative has lowered the speed limits in specific areas of the city with the goal of reducing the number of crashes and pedestrian accidents. Among the five boroughs, there are 21 zones that have been added to the program. The New York Police Department will have officers on hand to not only enforce the lowered speed limits, but also distracted driving prevention, running red lights and any other traffic violations.