In New York City, pedestrians hit by motor vehicles; cars, trucks, or buses are likely to suffer serious injuries and result in tragic consequences. Since 2000, pedestrian motor vehicle related accidents have killed more than 2,291 pedestrians in NYC.
A woman was fatally struck by an SUV taxi in Midtown, Saturday afternoon, near Madison Avenue. According to NY Daily News, Amelia Sterental, a 76 year-old tourist from Florida was crossing East 60th Street when a taxi making a left turned slammed into her hurling her body over the taxi. Frank Semmel, a retired New Jersey policeman stated, ““It smashed her and she went airborne and went over the back (of the car),”
Paramedics administered CPR and Sterental was rushed to New York Presbyterian Hospital, but due to the extent of her injuries, doctors were unable to save her and she passed away 45 minutes after the crash. Sterental, a Miami resident, was visiting the city with family at the time of the accident.
The unidentified driver, who has been licensed since about 1989, remained at the scene to speak with police. His taxi license has been suspended pending a police investigation. Witnesses state he was very distraught over the incident.
The three female passengers in the cab quickly left the scene and found alternate transportation, declining to be interviewed.
In 2014, there were 144 deaths pertaining to pedestrians being struck by vehicles. According to NYPD statistics, so far, 32 pedestrians have died in traffic accidents this year.