Driver strikes, critically injures woman in Brooklyn on same day City Hall announces Vision Zero crackdown

Adam Warner
December 23, 2019 - 5:25 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A driver struck and critically injured a woman in Brooklyn on Monday, hours after city officials announced a crackdown on dangerous driving after four pedestrians were killed in 24 hours last week.

The 81-year-old woman was struck by a Toyota SUV at East 95th Street and Ditmas Avenue in East Flatbush shortly before 2:30 p.m., according to police.

She was rushed to Brookdale Hospital, where she was fighting for her life Monday night.

The driver of the Toyota remained at the scene. No charges have been reported.

The incident happend hours after City Hall said it was ramping up its crackdown on dangerous drivers, particularly commercial trucks, which were involved in four of last week's seven deadly incidents.

Andreas Stylianou, 57, was killed in Park Slope on Friday after he was hit by a truck and two cars. Earlier on Friday morning, another man was struck and killed by a private sanitation truck in Hell's Kitchen. On Thursday afternoon, 85-year-old Brendan Gill was struck and killed by a box truck in Sunset Park. Less than an hour later, 26-year-old Katherine Miller was struck and killed by a box truck in SoHo.

Officials said Monday that there have been 117 deaths so far in 2019—up from 115 in 2018. Another 28 cyclists have died in 2019, compared to 10 in 2018.

The crackdown comes amid an especially dangerous time of year for pedestrians and cyclists. Officials say there's usually a spike in deaths around the holidays because the sun sets earlier.

New York City has more than 6,000 miles of streets. Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative looks to bring the number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths down to zero.

The NYPD's chief of transportation, William T. Morris, says collisions citywide are down but deadly crashes are up 8 percent in 2019. Last year the city saw its lowest level of traffic deaths in more than 100 years.

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