A 67-year-old woman was tragically killed last night when she was struck by a crane while crossing East 10th Street in Manhattan’s Alphabet City neighborhood around 7:05 p.m. Monday, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
The victim was crossing the street in the crosswalk when the 59-year-old male driver of the flatbed tow truck made a left turn onto Avenue C and collided with her. “Her groceries were all over the place next to her body. She must have been on her way home from shopping. It’s sad,” an unnamed witness told the Daily News.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. As police continued investigating the fatal collision, her name was not immediately released.
Questions Remain About Driver’s Actions
The tow truck driver remained at the scene following the incident. It remains unclear whether he was able to see the woman as she crossed the street before fatally striking her, according to police sources. No charges against the driver have been announced so far.
Recent Uptick in NYC Traffic Fatalities
This marks the second pedestrian fatality in New York City in as many days involving vehicles. On Sunday morning, a 22-year-old man was struck and killed by two drivers while crossing a street in the Bronx.
These incidents come amid an overall rise in traffic fatalities in New York City in recent years, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” road safety initiative launched in 2014 to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. However, according to NYPD data, cyclist fatalities rose 260% in the first six months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022. Pedestrian and cyclist deaths have increased by 325% since Vision Zero began in 2014.
In December 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed “Angelica’s Law,” which aims to keep dangerous drivers with prior license suspensions off the roads by making it a felony for motorists with five or more previous traffic violations to continue operating a vehicle.
Authorities continue to remind drivers that New York has zero tolerance for speeding, reckless driving, and driving under the influence. However, despite these efforts, hit-and-run collisions remain a significant issue on New York streets. The investigation into this latest fatal crash is ongoing.