Police Blame Pedestrian For Crash In Brooklyn
Vehicle on vehicle collisions are a serious problem, but the odds of death or serious injury begin to rise sharply when autos collide with pedestrians. Improved technology and law enforcement play a major role in crosswalk safety, but the most impact comes from public education. Pedestrians are urged to always use marked crosswalks when crossing a street, no matter how busy. Making eye contact with drivers also increases safety and reinforces the driver’s awareness of pedestrian presence. It is imperative to obey all traffic signals when crossing as well, or else results like this might happen.
The NYC Streets Blog reports that police are blaming the pedestrian victim of a crash in Brooklyn.
Last week, the New York Police Department blamed a pedestrian for a fatal accident in Brooklyn. The department said that the pedestrian crossed outside of the crosswalk, however, there is no crosswalk at the intersection where the accident occurred.
Last Thursday, Phillip Simone was crossing Avenue V to get to Ford Street when he was hit by the driver of a SUV. The driver was heading eastbound on the avenue when he slammed into Simone.
The driver remained on the scene. The pedestrian was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries the next day.
A spokesperson for the NYPD said information such as the driver’s speed or whether the driver was distracted was not available because the investigation is ongoing. They did confirm that the driver was currently not facing any charges.
Prosecutors are often reluctant to bring charges in these types of accidents unless there is clear evidence that the driver was aware he was driving recklessly.