A car crash in Flushing on Friday knocked an elderly man to the ground, where he lay for about ten minutes until he was placed on a stretcher and taken to Flushing Hospital. The unidentified pedestrian was listed in stable condition at the hospital and is expected to survive.
The crash happened when a green Toyota Corolla with Indiana plates made a left turn off of Roosevelt Avenue onto Bowne Street, striking the man who was crossing with the light on the crosswalk.
Seniors represent 13 percent of the Queens population but 35 percent of its pedestrian fatalities, a report from the City Department of Transportation found. Additionally, left turns are also one of the most dangerous situations for pedestrians because they share the right of way with drivers. Downtown Flushing saw 835 crashes involving pedestrians from 2009 to 2013, the DOT found.