On Sunday, January 8th, 2023, a 22-year-old man was struck by two vehicles and killed while attempting to cross White Plains Road near Archer St. in the Parkchester neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City around 4 a.m.
Details of the Accident
The man was first hit by a southbound four-door sedan, according to the New York Police Department (NYPD). The initial collision sent the victim into the northbound lanes, where he was then struck by a pickup truck. Both drivers remained at the scene following the accident.
The injured pedestrian was transported to Jacobi Medical Center but did not survive. The victim’s name has not yet been released to the public. No charges have been filed against either driver at this stage as the NYPD continues its investigation into the events leading up to and circumstances surrounding the tragic incident.
Epidemic of Hit-and-Run Fatalities
“Double hit-and-runs are not uncommon in New York,” the original article notes, citing two other recent examples from late 2022 where pedestrians were killed after being struck by multiple vehicles in hit-and-run crashes.
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Authorities have expressed frustration over the persistence of such preventable deaths on New York streets. Despite the “Vision Zero” road safety initiative launched in 2014 to eliminate traffic fatalities by 2024, statistics show cyclist deaths have increased drastically in recent years.
Calls for Harsher Penalties
In response to public outrage over recurring hit-and-run cases across the state, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed “Angelica’s Law” in December 2022 to increase punishments for motorists with a history of license suspensions or revocations who continue illegally operating vehicles.
However, stronger measures may still be needed to curb reckless driving and hold accountable those who flee crash sites where victims are left to die. The heartbreaking loss of the young Bronx man is the latest evidence that more work remains to achieve Vision Zero’s life-saving mission.