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Nineteen people died in New York City traffic in October, and 5,065 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.
City Hall reported 132 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through October of this year, and 12,550 injured, compared to 107 deaths and 11,957 injuries in the same period in 2015.
Five motor vehicle occupants died in the city in October, according to City Hall, and 3,608 were injured.
Citywide, 10 pedestrians were fatally struck by drivers last month. Among the victims were Anna Colon, Blanca Pagan, Krystyna Iwanowicz, David Pajarito-Mendez, Carmen Puello, Marie Guido, Bella Krementsova, Jazmine Marin, Navraj Raju, and an unidentified male pedestrian in Queens.
City Hall reported no cyclist deaths in October.
Motorists killed at least two children and four seniors in October: Navraj Raju, eight months; Jazmine Marin, 13; Anna Colon, 73; Blanca Pagan, 73; Marie Guido, 92; and the unidentified male pedestrian in Queens, 79.
Across the city, 1,012 pedestrians and 445 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.
Of 10 fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, two motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least six victims were likely walking with the right of way when they were struck.
An unlicensed driver ran over 8-month-old Navraj Raju as his mother pushed him in a stroller on an Astoria Boulevard sidewalk. The driver was not charged for killing the baby.
A motorist hit 13-year-old Jazmine Marin and her friend as they walked to school on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park. NYPD filed no charges and blamed the children.
Bella Krementsova and Blanca Pagan were fatally struck in separate Manhattan crashes by motorists who were charged for violating the victims’ right of way.
Reports suggest Anna Colon, Carmen Puello, and Marie Guido, killed in separate crashes in Manhattan and the Bronx, were hit while walking with the right of way. NYPD filed no charges in any of those cases. Both Anna Colon and Bella Krementsova were killed by MTA bus drivers.
Krystyna Iwanowicz was struck and left to die in the street. The driver who hit her was arrested and charged with leaving the scene, but not for taking her life.
David Pajarito-Mendez was killed in the Bronx by two people who did not stop their vehicles after running over a human. His killers were not immediately caught or identified.
After a motorist killed the unidentified 79-year-old male in Queens, NYPD blamed the victim in the press.
Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving.