A Girl Is Hit By A Police Car On Hunts Point Avenue And Taken To Harlem Hospital
Fatalities caused by emergency responders are 4.8 times higher than the national average. Because of the speeds at which they must respond to calls, ambulances, fire trucks, and police vehicles are more likely to be involved in a crash with a fatality or serious injury.
Police pursuits account for 300 fatalities in the United States each year. 30% of those who are killed were not involved in the pursuit. When it comes to accident rates, per million vehicles driven, police officers have nearly double the accident rate compared to the general public. 50% of all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty were killed in auto accidents between 1998 and 2008.
The New York Daily News reports that an NYPD police car struck a girl crossing the street in the Bronx.
The incident occurred just after 7 p.m. last Wednesday night.
The police car was headed east on Hunts Point Avenue near Seneca Avenue in Hunts Point.
The young girl stepped off of a center island and attempted to cross the street. The officer was unable to stop in time, striking the young girl, though the officer tried to swerve.
The officer exited his vehicle and attempted to help the girl to her feet, but bystanders screamed at him not to move her. According to a witness, the youngster suffered from injuries to her leg and she was bleeding from the mouth.
The officer was visibly shaken according to witnesses. The girl was taken by medics to Harlem Hospital.