A double-decker sightseeing bus reportedly struck a pedestrian in Greenwich Village July 3. The man was pinned beneath the bus, which dragged him for several feet before coming to a stop.
The bus was making a left turn onto W. 4th Street when it allegedly hit the man in the crosswalk. Emergency responders arriving at the scene used blocks to raise the bus off the victim, who was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition with severe injuries to his leg. The bus driver stayed at the scene and an official with the bussing company, Twin America, stated that it is fully cooperating with authorities.
Although New York City has made major strides recently with its Vision Zero effort, pedestrian accidents continue to be a big problem throughout the city. There were 138 traffic-related pedestrian deaths in 2014, and nationally, 76,000 pedestrians were injured in these types of crashes.
Improving pedestrian safety
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pedestrians need to take proactive measures to ensure their safety. This includes crossing the street at designated crosswalks and trying to increase their visibility by wearing bright, reflective clothing — especially at night. Motorists need to be sure to remember to watch out for people on foot, especially when making turns.
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