On Sunday, February 26, 2017, a small plane crashed into trees in Southampton, New York. The pilot of the single-engine plane was practicing taking off and landing when the plane crashed. The crash killed two people onboard the plane and seriously injured a third.
A doorman was tragically killed on the Upper East Side while shoveling snow during the snowstorm this week. In what the New York Post dubbed a freak accident, Miguel Gonzalez, 59, slipped while he was shoveling snow, fell down a set of stairs, and had his throat slashed as he crashed through a window pane.
Tragedy struck a family in the Bronx this week when a faulty radiator led to the deaths of two young sisters.
A bicyclist was killed during his routine morning ride last week in Queens, New York. Michael Schenkman was killed when he was struck by a young motorist while riding on Northern Boulevard in Queens at 6:30a.m. The particular area where Mr. Schenkman was killed is known as one of the most dangerous roadways for pedestrians and cyclists, and has been flagged by the city several times.
Earlier this summer, a Staten Island woman was struck and killed while crossing the street as she took her dog for an early morning walk. The 50-year-old woman was about halfway across the street at the intersection of Richmond Road and New Dorp Lane, within the crosswalk, when the 71-year-old driver of a 2014 Toyota Tacoma, Luigi Tucci, struck her as he made a left turn onto New Dorp Lane.
Caleb Schwab, a 10 year boy, was fatally injured while riding the world's tallest water slide, "Verruckt", at a Kansas City water park. Park goers described hearing "a noise that didn't sound like it was supposed to come from that kind of ride." Reports state that the child's body was thrown from his seat and bounced between the netting that covers the slide and the slide itself, before ultimately sliding down into the pool below.
A construction worker died Thursday, April 21st, when he was struck by a piece of wood while on the job at The Printing House on Hudson Street, in Manhattan. Louis Mata was attempting to dismantle scaffolding from the West Village luxury condo when the plank came loose and fell 10 stories, striking him in the head. Although he was wearing a hard hat at the time, the Matos was taken to Lenox Hill Healthplex with severe neck and back injuries.
Earlier today, at approximately 10:38 a.m., a building on West 38th Street collapsed, killing one and seriously injuring another. A man who was working on the next door building at the time of the accident stated that the ceiling caved in on the top two floors and that "the guy in charge was screaming for everyone to get out" as it was happening. According to the New York Post, a source close to the investigation stated that there was construction debris overloading the ceiling of the building. At the time, there 19 workers in the building.
According to a recent New York Times piece, this year more people will die in traffic accidents involving large trucks than the number of people who have been killed in the last 45 years of commercial airplane crashes. Despite, Congress is wholly ignoring roadway safety while working to pass a new highway funding bill.
Traffic deaths in the United States have risen 14% in the first six months of 2015, ahead of the same time period for 2014, putting the U.S. on track to have its deadliest year since 2007. On August 17th, the National Safety Counsel released its Motor Vehicle Fatality Estimates. According to the report, there have been 18,630 motor vehicle related deaths since the start of the year.