04/04/2013 // New York, NY, USA // New York Injury Accident Lawyer // Jonathan C. Reiter // (press release)

NY Pedestrian Accident Report – A 22-year-old woman was struck and killed by a truck while in the crosswalk between 47th Street and Sunnyside Blvd in Queens on March 30, 2013 in the early afternoon hours, reports NY pedestrian accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter. The victim was reported to have been walking with her sister with whom she was having an argument when this tragedy occurred. The young woman, identified as Juliana Busto, was a student at LaGuardia College, studying to become a teacher. She was described as a serious and focused student, and had been on her way to work on computers at the college. The driver of the truck, a 2002 Chevy Avalanche, stayed at the scene of the accident and was not charged with any crimes, pending further investigation.

According to New York City pedestrian accident attorney, Jonathan C. Reiter, who has handled many pedestrian accident cases in NY and the surrounding areas, these types of pedestrian accidents are all too common in the city of New York with often-tragic results as in this case. Mr. Reiter stated: “A pedestrian is at great risk of losing his/her life when crossing the streets of the city of New York. At certain intersections, which are deemed dangerous in terms of both the amount of vehicular traffic streaming to an area of high pedestrian traffic such as near a school as in this case, there is a huge incidence of accidents exactly like the one in this very tragic case. The area where this accident occurred is not only home to LaGuardia College but also to the Technical High school, meaning large numbers of children and young college students are constantly congregating in the area, to travel to and from classes. Added to that is the vehicular traffic from the nearby intersection. The two factors together often lead to disastrous results.”

Mr. Reiter also commented on the liability involved in this accident, as follows: “ The speed limit in the city of New York in a school zone is 20 m.p.h., and the truck is obliged to travel at this speed or even slower, depending on the traffic and pedestrian conditions. Moreover, the truck is required to observe what is in the roadway to observe, that is, the pedestrian in the crosswalk, and to yield to the pedestrian. In this case the driver was negligent in striking this young woman, and therefore, is liable for her death.” Mr. Reiter explained the City of New York’s efforts to reduce the risk to pedestrians on the City’s roads as follows: “While the City recognizes the enormity of the problem of pedestrian accidents, and have conducted many traffic studies of roads in the City, these accidents continue to occur unabated, with the tragic result of loss of innocent lives. Clearly, the City should do more to eliminate the risks to pedestrians city-wide.” Until then, one can hope that pedestrians walking our streets will take extra care to be aware of all of the risks and to protect themselves from these same risks.

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