Pedestrian Fatality – On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at around 1:22 p.m., police responded to a 9-1-1 call of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. Upon arriving at the scene near Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive, officers discovered a 61-year-old female with severe leg and lower torso trauma lying in the roadway.
EMS responded and transported the woman to Jamaica Hospital. She succumbed to her injuries after several weeks and was pronounced dead on Monday, July 4. An investigation by the NYPD’s Highway Unit’s Collision Investigation Squad concluded her death was accidental, and no arrests have been made.
Investigators determined that a 45-year-old man, operating a 2015 Kenworth tractor-trailer, was stopped at a red light near westbound Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive. The female pedestrian entered the crosswalk and was walking directly in front of the truck when the traffic light turned green.
At that time the pedestrian was so close to the front end of the tractor-trailer that she remained out of view from the driver. As a result, the front passenger side of the tractor-trailer struck her as it drove through the intersection.
The driver of the tractor-trailer remained at the scene. Police determined he was not at fault, but issued him a summons for exceeding the maximum allowable length of 53 feet for a vehicle in New York City.