A 32-year-old woman was thrown to her death early Sunday morning after a vehicle rammed her on the Bruckner Expressway in The Bronx, authorities reported. Officials are still searching for the driver of that car for hitting the woman at about 1:15 a.m. near the Bronx River Parkway exit in the Soundview section.
The victim, who has not yet been identified, was exchanging contact information with another driver after a minor collision when she was fatally struck, according to detectives who responded to the scene. Officials said the 32-year-old victim was thrown from an overpass and fell onto Bronx River Avenue.
She was rushed to Jacobi Hospital, but the injuries from the fall ultimately took her life.
This would be the fourth hit-and-run death in the past week, according to city numbers. The drivers of the previous accidents also remain at large, NBC New York reported.
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The first fatal hit-and-run occurred last Thursday night when a 72-year-old woman was struck in a crosswalk in Brooklyn. The following morning, a driver fatally struck a passerby in downtown New York City. On the evening of that day, two subjects on bicycles were struck in the Bronx. One of them died, and the other was admitted to a hospital for treatment.
The recent deaths add to a troubling trend in traffic-related fatalities in New York City this year. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), a total of 183 people have lost their lives on the roads so far in 2023, including 65 pedestrians, 25 bicyclists and 78 drivers.
The high number of traffic deaths drew a large crowd to Astoria on Sunday for an event honoring World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. “We are here today to represent all the families that are going through things similar or the same as ours, just so we can show love and support for each other to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said one attendee.