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Elderly Woman Struck By Sanitation Truck, Driver Flees

Shortly after taking office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his Vision Zero initiative, which hoped to reduce pedestrian fatalities in the city to zero. As part of the plan to reduce those fatalities, the city introduced safety upgrades. Some of these safety upgrades were giving pedestrians head starts at crosswalks, installing an additional 224 high-speed cameras throughout the city, and agreed to a plan to add an additional number of protected bike lanes. 

These safety initiatives come at a time when nationally, the number of pedestrian fatalities is at an all-time high. To explain the increase in deaths, researchers point to the popularity of large SUVs and trucks. They also blame both distracted driving and distracted walking as part of the problem. 

CBS Local New York reports that police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run in Bensonhurst where an elderly woman was run over by a sanitation truck. 

Two pedestrians were killed in accidents in the early morning hours of Wednesday. Police are on the search for the driver of a private sanitation truck that hit and killed 67-year-old Deborah Mutell of Brooklyn. 

Police say that the truck dragged Mutell for a time. Officers blocked off the busy intersection of 86th Street and Bay Parkway a little after 4 a.m. to scour the site for clues. They were also reviewing the footage of nearby cameras to see if any captured the accident. 

A second pedestrian was killed when she was run over by an MTA bus in Brooklyn about five hours later. The incident occurred near the intersection of Flatbush and Flatlands avenues. 

A B-41 bus remained at the scene. According to police, the woman reportedly missed the bus and began running after it. As the bus driver attempted to pull over to stop, the woman forced the doors open. The bus was still moving when she hit a pole and was dragged beneath the rear tires of the bus. 

The second victim was not immediately identified.

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