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Man Dies After Being Struck On The NY State Thruway

In 2017, the number of traffic fatalities was the lowest it had been since 1910. Pedestrian deaths fell nearly a third from the previous year. The news of the drop in deaths was tempered by a rise in bicyclist and motorcyclist fatalities. 2017 saw 101 pedestrians killed in motor vehicle accidents. In 2013, the year that Mayor Bill de Blasio first proposed his Vision Zero initiative, there were 184 pedestrians killed. Vision Zero is a plan to reduce pedestrian fatalities on the streets of New York City, including lowering speed limits and more stringent enforcement of traffic laws.

The New City Patch reports that a man critically injured after being struck by a vehicle on the New York State Thruway has died.

Last Thursday, police were dispatched to a property-damage accident on I-87 in Rockland County. Upon arrival, they learned that one of the drivers involved had been hit by another car.

The crash occurred at about 11:43 p.m. on the northbound side of the Thruway. Nicholas J. Polao’s vehicle had been disabled on the left shoulder after the first accident. As he attempted to cross the road, he was struck by a BMW driven by 53-year-old Zarita M. Holness.

Polao was transported to Westchester Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital the next morning.

Holness was not injured in the crash and was not showing any signs of being impaired.

The Thruway was closed until it was reopened at 4:56 a.m. The accident is being investigated by the New York State Police Troop F Collision Reconstruction Unit.

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