The New York City Buildings Department has issued a violation and a stop work order on April 25 after a cherry picker smashed into the side of an apartment building.
On March 12, 2016 a tugboat escorting a crane from Albany to Jersey City, collided with a stationary construction barge located near the Tappan Zee Bridge. The tugboat, named The Specialist, was manned by three crewmembers, all of whom perished in the incident. After hitting the barge, the tugboat capsized and sank to the bottom of the Hudson River.
In the ongoing case of a teacher killed after a New York Police Department (NYPD) officer drove into him, the NYPD is refusing to release records pertaining to the incident. The event happened on July 6, 2013 at the intersection of Broadway and Hooper Street in Brooklyn. The 61-year-old was crossing the street when he was struck by a marked police van and thrown onto the pavement. He later died from severe head injuries, and his family is currently suing the NYPD, New York City, and the officer who was driving.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimated in 2013 that there were approximately 23.6 million drivers age 70 and above in the United States. With age comes health complications, such as dementia, loss of vision, loss of hearing, and longer response time. These declines in health can create a dangerous situation for the older driver, as well as all other drivers on the road.
New statistics regarding the New York City's 2014 Right-of-Way Law were released at the recent 2016 Vision Zero Conference that was held on March 10. The Right-of-Way statute makes it a misdemeanor for drivers who do not yield to pedestrians and cyclists. The Gothamist reported that the law was created out of concern for the lack of NYPD investigation into many pedestrian and cyclist accidents. Generally, pedestrian and cyclist accidents were only investigated by the city's Collision Investigation Squad if there was a fatality involved.
The 2016 Vision Zero Conference, held on March 10, highlighted new crash statistics and the 2024 goal of zero deaths. The Gothamist reported that the New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton stated zero deaths is an unreachable goal because, "As long as we have humans who are walking and riding bicycles and cars-as long as we have people, we will have crime."
According to the 2014 New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) Taxicab fact book, there are 485,000 taxi cab trips per day, by over 50,000 drivers. Drivers can either own the taxi cab, or lease one for a set period of time. The TLC inspects all regulated taxi cabs three times per year in its inspection center located in Queens. The purpose of the inspections are to make sure the vehicles are safe and meet the emissions standards.
On Thursday August 12, 2014, a fire engulfed an East Harlem residence in the early morning. According to FDNY officials, the flames erupted on the fourth floor of the building located at 29 E. 104th St. Residents stated that the flames continued to spread through the fifth and sixth floor hallways.
New York City recently agreed to pay more than $250,000 to settle a civil lawsuit brought by a Bronx man who was injured in a police pursuit which ultimately resulted in the death of a close friend. The incident, which took place on August 11, 2012 in Hunts Point, started when police saw the suspects driving an unlicensed dirt bike. The incident quickly escalated into a tragedy when an NYPD officer slammed into the dirt bike on which the two men were riding. Soon thereafter, an investigation conducted by the NYPD Internal Affairs department concluded that the incident was simply an accident not predicated on criminal intent.
The New York Post recently reported a shocking fact: over the past five years in New York City, at least 21 taxi drivers had accidents that injured or killed pedestrians and bikers, but only one was ever charged with a crime. That, along with a long string of fatal accidents in our city, prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to call for a new initiative called “Vision Zero.” Additional surveillance equipment, more traffic cops and a new, specially trained accident investigation team are planned for a unified effort at reducing traffic fatalities to zero.