At roughly 5:00 p.m. last Thursday, January 14, a 73-year-old man was struck by a motorcycle as he was crossing just outside of the crosswalk. The accident occurred on the Upper West Side as the motorcyclist was traveling east on W. 96th St. by Amsterdam Ave. The pedestrian and the motorcyclist were taken to St. Luke’s Hospital where the pedestrian was said to be in critical condition. He sustained life-threatening injuries.
Just over 2 hours later in Prospect Park South, a 71-year-old man was hit by a Ford E250 van while crossing Ocean Ave. by Beverly Rd. According to the police, the elderly pedestrian was crossing from one corner to the other when the van, who had a steady green light, came through the light and the collision occurred. The pedestrian was taken to Brookdale Hospital.
The crashes are being investigated by the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.
These two collisions are just more signs of the dangers of New York City streets. Pedestrians have certain rights, but they should also be cautious of their surroundings when walking through crosswalks. It is important that both pedestrians and drivers pay adequate attention to the road and others around them to help avoid situations such as these.