8-Year Old Boy Tragically Killed by Truck at Queens Intersection Well-known Intersection for Pedestrian Injuries and Deaths
Written By: Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP
Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP has been commenting on the problems confronted by pedestrians in certain parts of Queens. In 2008, Elmhurst Hospital researchers released a study that showed accidents were clustered in several hot spots, including Queens Blvd. and 63rd Drive, Roosevelt Ave. near 64th and 69th Sts. and Northern Blvd., near the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/pedestrian-injuries-rise-queens-article-1.1549677. On December 20, 2013, a third grade student was walking to school with his sister when he was struck by a tractor trailer at 61st St. and Northern Blvd. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/child-hurst-hit-vehicle-woodside-article-1.1553780#ixzz2o2amnOgn
The tragedy occurred when the unlicensed operator of the tractor trailer turned left onto Northern Boulevard and struck the child. At the time of the accident the boy was walking in the crosswalk and had a light in his favor. The unlicensed driver of the tractor trailer was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and operating a vehicle in violation of safety rules.
148 New Yorkers were killed simply when they were crossing the street in 2012 and the numbers for 2013 are expected to be worse. In response to this problem, The NTC Department of Transportation has started an advertising campaign in areas where dangerous driving is common. The "Reckless Driving Kills," public service advertisements are going up on bus shelters and billboards in areas which are particularly impacted by dangerous drivers.
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