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.
Mrs. Strong was rushed to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center after she was found unconscious and unresponsive at the scene of the accident, having suffered head trauma. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition and passed away from her injuries the next day. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene. No criminal charges have been filed against him as of Thursday.
This is the second pedestrian death in 2016 at this particular intersection according to the city’s Vision Zero Map. In May, Vincent Downing was crossing Third Avenue when a motor vehicle struck him, pinning him against a parked box truck. Mr. Downing was taken to the same hospital and also died of head trauma as a result of the accident.
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