Every day in New York City, innocent people are injured and killed in preventable accidents caused by another person’s negligence. Our biweekly NYC accident roundup looks into some recent examples that have made headlines throughout the five boroughs.
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Five Injured When Scaffolding Collapses Above Subway Entrance In SoHo
Authorities say high winds were to blame for a construction scaffolding collapse in SoHo on Sunday, November 19th. The accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. when wind gusts had been reported at 30 mph to 35 mph.
Five people were treated for minor to moderate injuries at Bellevue Medical Center following the accident. An official for the New York City Fire Department said the wind blew one piece of plywood, which brought the rest of the scaffolding down. He also said that it was fortunate no train had recently stopped in the subway station below the scaffolding, as there likely would have been many more injuries.
Cab Driver Dies In Accident After Being Struck By Pedestrian In Fight
An elderly cab driver died on Sunday, November 12th shortly after being beaten by a pedestrian in Greenwich Village. The 68-year-old man was driving south on 11th Ave. shortly before midnight on Saturday, November 11th. He stopped at the intersection with W. 20th St., stepped out of the car and got into a physical altercation with a 39-year-old man. The 39-year-old man struck the cab driver in the head with a hockey stick before running away.
The cab driver got back into his vehicle and continued driving down 11th Ave. for about seven blocks before he crashed into a median at West and Horatio Sts. EMS crews responded to the scene and rushed him to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The 39-year-old man was arrested on Sunday and charged with manslaughter.
Man Killed In SUV Hit-And-Run In Union Square
Police found the SUV involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Union Square on Tuesday, November 15th. The vehicle was found Wednesday in Brooklyn, but police are still looking for the driver.
On Tuesday morning, a 34-year-old man was crossing the street at East 14th Street and Fourth Avenue when he was struck by the SUV. The man suffered critical injuries and eventually passed away two days later.
There is an average of one fatal hit-and-run accident every week in New York City. The NYC City Council recently passed a bill which intends to make it easier to find hit-and-run drivers.The new bill has plans for an alert system inspired by AMBER alerts, which will send the public a notification with the make, model, color, and license plate of the car.
8 Injured In 4-Vehicle Crash In Brooklyn
At least eight people were injured in a wild 4-vehicle accident in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 18th. Police pulled over a silver Honda for a traffic violation. When officers approached the vehicle, the driver drove off. The Honda ran through a red light at Washington Avenue before plowing into an MTA bus. The two men inside the Honda attempted to flee. Police caught one, while the other is still at large.
Eight people were brought to Methodist Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Charges are currently pending on the suspect in custody.