WEST HARLEM — An elderly man was struck by a livery cab while crossing a busy Harlem intersection Thursday morning — the latest in a recent string of serious motor vehicle accidents across the city, FDNY officials and witnesses said.
The unidentified man was crossing 125th Street at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, heading north, about 9:40 a.m. when a black Toyota Corolla hit him, officials and witnesses said.
“I was making a left and he slipped right in front of me,” said the driver, who refused to give his name. “I tried to brake.”
The victim was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital but his condition was unknown, officials said.
“I heard a big bang,” said witness Eddie Little, 60. “I turned around and there was an old man on the ground. He was bleeding from the head. He wasn’t moving, but you could see the vapor coming from his mouth.”
Thursday’s accident occurred amid what Mayor Bill de Blasio has called an “epidemic” of traffic tragedies.
A 26-year-old woman was killed while crossing 96th Street between West End Avenue and Broadway last weekend, police said.
A 9-year-old boy was fatally struck by a cab while crossing 97th Street and West End Avenue on Jan. 10.
That same night, a bus mowed down a 73-year-old man at 96th Street and Broadway, police said.