Not long after the release of data showing an increase in traffic fatalities in New York, a 16-year-old was killed and four others were injured when a minivan jumped a curb and struck them in front of LaGuardia Community College in Queens.
According to abclocal.go, the minivan had been in a collision with two other vehicles just before it struck the pedestrians. Witnesses said the minivan driver did everything he could to stop but could not avoid the pedestrians before the vehicle slammed into a tree.
“He lost control of the car, he was really trying to stop,” said one witness.
The teen was a student at Applied Communications High School.
According to the February 2013 Mayor’s Management Report, traffic fatalities in New York City rose 23 percent from July 2011 to June 2012 – the first increase since 2007.
The New York Times reported that 291 people died in that period, up from 236 the year prior. The Times quoted Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan as saying the city was working to “reconcile” the disconcerting statistics, though she acknowledged, “It does look like there’s a rise.”
Drivers and vehicle owners whose negligence causes deaths and injuries to others may be required to pay compensation. If you have been injured or lost a family member because of the negligence of a driver, talk to the New York City wrongful death and car accident lawyers of David Resnick & Associates, P.C. Call 866-211-3678 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.