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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Vision Zero Isn't Zero: Trick-or-Treating Children Killed by Seizing Driver, Elderly Woman Killed by MTA Bus

On October 7, the Department of Transportation crowed about how no police cars, fire trucks, garbage trucks or snow plows were involved in a fatal crash. We talked about how this was somewhat misleading, as New York City was still dangerous for pedestrians. This week, we've received horrible news, and continue to hear about everday New Yorkers being killed by careless drivers.

A 10-year-old girl, her grandfather, and another man were killed when a driver crashed into a sidewalk in Morris Park in the Bronx. The children were out trick-or-treating on Halloween, and were taken to Jacobi Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. The driver, having a seizure, jumped the curb and slammed into six people before coming to a stop at 936 Morris Park Avenue. Seizing drivers are particularly dangerous as even though they must take medication to prevent seizing, some do not take their medications regularly. A taxicab driver who killed two people on East 170th Street will face manslaughter charges because the driver was aware of his seizures and did not disclose his condition to the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

And in Brooklyn, on the other side of the city, a few days later, a 70-year-old woman was "cut in half" by an MTA bus on Fulton Street near Sackman Street in Brownsville in Brooklyn. The bus was turning from Sackman Street onto Fulton Street, and did not even stop as it drove off, leaving the destroyed woman on the street. The bus driver was later arrested.

Yesterday, Leyla Enukasvilli, a 69-year-old woman crossing 71st Avenue at Kessel Street in Forest Hills, was struck and killed by the Q23 bus. Another woman and a child in a stroller were stuck by a car as they were cross 67th Street at 11th Avenue in Dyker Heights, and were taken to Lutheran Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. In Queens Village, two men were struck at the intersection of Hemsptead Avenue and 98th Street, and were rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

These kinds of accidents happen every day in New York, and they change - or end - lives. While we at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty support the mayor's effort to end pedestrian fatalities in New York City, we also know the realities of these streets, and the pain and suffering of those who have to live with injuries from being struck by automobiles.

If your loved one is hurt or killed by a motor vehicle, the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty can assist you. Please contact us for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at

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