From the Bronx to Staten Island, millions of New Yorkers are potentially exposed to the dangers presented by one of the most expansive and sprawling public transportation systems on the planet. Just last week, a woman was gravely injured when she fell on the subway tracks at the Gun Hill Road station in the Bronx. She suffered severe burns after her body came into contact with the railway's electrified third rail. The cause of her fall remains currently unknown, although the New York Post reports the 47-year-old woman was in cardiac arrest at the time emergency services personnel finally got her off the tracks. Another woman was also hurt when she attempted to help the fallen woman.
On Wednesday July 6th 2016, the much anticipated release of Pokémon Go finally came. The game allows players to "capture" Pokémon in real world situations. The game has taken the New York City area by storm. With already over 15 million downloads nationwide, the new app is overflowing with success. However this early success has resulted in some unexpected consequences. Although the loading screen of the game reads "Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surrounding," players across the country seem to be ignoring this warning leading to personal injuries in many different situations.
Although the introduction of self-driving automobiles comes with the advantage of eliminating human error in operating a vehicle, it appears that these cars are not without flaws. On May 7th, the first self-driving car fatality occurred when a driver of a Tesla S sports car died in collision in Williston, Florida while using the vehicle's "autopilot" system. While driving on the highway, Joshua Brown, put his Model S Tesla into the vehicle's autopilot mode, when he collided with a large tractor-trailer.
Tragedy unfolded in Florida last month when an alligator at a Disney hotel resort lagoon attacked a two-year-old boy vacationing with his family. Although the boy's father heroically attempted to rescue his son and save it from the animal, the boy was later found drowned. This week, authorities in Florida announced that they had euthanized the killer alligator.