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.
According to Suffolk County authorities, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Broadhollow Road in Melville died as a result of the accident. Police indicated that their investigation into the Nov. 6 incident is ongoing.
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.
Most of the stories that we cover are about tragic accidents in which people are seriously injured or killed. These injuries drastically change lives, and not just the lives of those who are hurt. They require countless months, sometimes years, of recovery. They may deprive a family of income at a time when the bills are at their highest. These injuries and the accidents that cause them truly are devastating.
The death of a child is one of the most difficult things any parent can imagine. When a child's death is the result of someone else's negligence, however, it can be unbearable. Sadly, one Queens family is experiencing such tragedy after their young son was killed last week.