A man reportedly speeding in the Marble Hill section of the Bronx tried to drive between a car stopped at a red light and another parked car early Sunday morning NBC Local.
According to witnesses, the driver, 54 year old William Hay of the Bronx, struck both cars at the intersection and in turn, those cars hit a sedan travelling eastbound that was also stopped at the light.
Hay was pronounced dead at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Seven other people including a 12 year old boy, who were involved in the crash suffered minor injuries and were taken to St. Barnabas Hospital listed in stable condition, according to officials.
Speeding is the leading cause of vehicle accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that speeding is involved in approximately 31% of fatal motor vehicle crashes, costing society over $40 billion per year.
In 2013, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) reported a total of 29,178 crashes caused by speeding. Fatal crashes totaled 318 and non-fatal personal injury crashes exceeded over 12,000. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2011, motor vehicle accidents accounted for over 35,000 deaths nationwide.
New York City is the largest city in the United States with a population well over eight million people and one of the busiest areas with traffic congesting the streets. With its heavy flow of traffic, NYC accounts for a significant number of vehicle accidents each year. The dangers of speeding are widely known but often ignored. This is why driver safety and defensive driving are particularly important. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to safely and responsibly steer around curves or objects on the road. It also lengthens the distance needed to safely stop a vehicle, and increases the distance a vehicle will travel while the driver is reacting to a dangerous situation.