A 79-year old man was struck and killed by an SUV as he crossed the street in Queens this past Sunday Night. The pedestrian was crossing at Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing around 6:00p.m. when he was hit by a Ford Explorer driven by a 56-year old woman. The driver remained at the scene and will not be facing criminal charges. The man was taken to New York Hospital Queens in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries.
An elderly Upper East Side resident was struck and killed by an SUV on East 71st Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan this week. Lee Strong, 83, was beginning to cross at the southwest corner of the intersection when a reckless driver stopped his Chevrolet Traverse in the intersection and began reversing in order to get a parking spot. The driver struck her with the rear driver side of his vehicle, knocking her to the ground.
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.
Since 2009, 40 Staten Island pedestrians have been fatally struck by a motor vehicle, including 8 fatalities within 2014, according to a recent Staten Island Advance article. Of the 8 fatalities, only 2 of the drivers responsible for these strikes have faced criminal charges for the wrongful death of their victims. This includes one victim of a drunk driver and another victim of a man who was driving without a license and with heroin in his vehicle. Our office is proud to represent the families of 2 of the victims as they pursue claims for wrongful death.