It was anything but a Merry Christmas for three metro-area residents and their families, after three auto-pedestrian crashes in three hours on Christmas afternoon.
At about 3:30 p.m., a 67-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was struck by a 2016 Jeep Cherokee at the intersection of 39th Street and Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside. First responders had to amputate part of her right leg at the scene, before she was rushed to a local hospital. The driver, who did not give his name, stated that he was making a left turn and never saw the woman in the street.
An hour later, at the intersection of Gravesend Road and East 21st Street in Sheepshead Bay, a 2005 Ford Econoline delivery van struck and killed a 77-year-old woman in an unmarked intersection. That driver, like the one in the previous incident, was making a left turn and apparently never saw the pedestrian. 23-year-old Zafrom Ghafoor, of Midwood, was charged with failure to exercise due care and failure to yield.
Finally, at 5:30 p.m., a 31-year-old bicyclist struck a 65-year-old pedestrian at the intersection of Eighth Avenue and 60th Street in Sunset Park; the male pedestrian suffered a head injury and was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Police are unsure who had the right-of-way; witnesses indicate that the pedestrian may have crossed against the light and the bicyclist may have ignored at least one traffic control device.
On average, one pedestrian every eight minutes is seriously injured in a traffic crash, and that figure is rising when measured against the total number of traffic crashes. Almost three-fourths of these incidents occur in urban areas.
Motorists have seatbelts, airbags, and steel cages to protect them from injury, but pedestrians have none of these things. Some common injuries in these incidents include:
- Broken Bones: This injuries typically require metal pins or plates to correct the damage, and weeks or months of painful physical rehabilitation to restore use.
- Head Injuries: There is nothing but a thin layer of bone to protect a person’s head when it slams into the pavement.
- Internal Injuries: Because doctors and first responders often concentrate on trauma injuries, internal bleeding and other issues may go undiagnosed for hours or even days.
Damages in a pedestrian-auto crash nearly always include compensation for both economic and non-economic losses.
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