A Dangerous Red-Light Running Accident Killed One Driver
The first traffic light ever put into use in the United States was placed at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Ever since their invention, they have become mainstays of providing both traffic control and safety in cities across the United States. However, not everyone obeys traffic signals, leading to a significant number of crashes.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2018, 846 people lost their lives in accidents that were attributed to failure to obey a traffic signal. Because red-light runners have become such a common problem, many large cities have installed red-light cameras to catch drivers in the act of running a red light. As a result, these cameras have reduced red-light running crash rates by 21% in large cities. It has also reduced the rate of all fatal types of crashes at intersections by 14%.
The NY Daily News reports that a Brooklyn driver was killed after running a red light at an intersection.
The accident occurred at about 9:50 p.m. last Sunday at the intersection of Avenue Z and Ocean Parkway.
30-year-old Mohammad Rafaq was driving west along Avenue Z in a 2005 Hyundai Elantra. He ran the red light at Ocean Avenue and plowed his vehicle into an Infiniti QX6. After the initial impact, the Infiniti then collided with a pole.
Rafaq was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
The man driving the Infiniti refused medical attention following the crash.