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2 Pedestrians Struck in Separate UES Crashes Over the Weekend

By Shaye Weaver | December 12, 2016 2:09pm
 Police say a Prius hit a 76-year-old woman as she was crossing York Avenue without a crossing signal.
Pedestrian Hit at 84th and York
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YORKVILLE — Two pedestrians were struck and injured in separate car accidents over the weekend, leaving one of the victims in critical condition with broken bones in her face, leg and pelvis, according to the NYPD.

The first accident took place on Saturday at 5:45 p.m., when a 76-year-old woman crossed east on York Avenue at 84th Street, though she didn't have the walk sign, police said.

A 2007 Toyota Prius, going south with a green light struck her, causing her to hit the hood and fall onto the road, according to authorities. She suffered broken bones in her face, leg and pelvis, they said.

She was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition, and police briefly closed down York Avenue between East 83rd and 85th streets.

The driver remained on scene and has not been charged, police said.

Seán Cushing, the owner of Bailey's Corner Pub, arrived at the scene just outside his bar an hour after it happened, he said.

"It's sad that this happens yet again on such a deadly block, especially this time of the year," he added.

The intersection has seen seven pedestrian injuries since 2009, but no fatalities, according to the city's Vision Zero data. There was one pedestrian injury this year, records show.

The next day, on Sunday evening, another pedestrian was hit at the intersection of East 86th Street and Third Avenue, police said.

The victim, who police could not immediately identify, was struck by a vehicle at 8:30 p.m. and taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition, according to authorities. The incident is still under investigation.

Police said they had no further information on that accident.

Witnesses said that the victim was a woman and she was hit "very, very hard." 

"It was very upsetting because she was literally not moving at all. That's a dangerous intersection," Upper East Side resident James Tang said.

Dozens of witnesses called 911, he added.

East 86th Street and Third Avenue has had 28 pedestrians injured since 2009, including at least three this year, but no deaths, Vision Zero data shows. 

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The city launched a "Dusk and Darkness" safety effort on Oct. 27. When it gets darker earlier and stays darker for longer, the city has noticed an uptick in traffic deaths, said NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill.

The NYPD increased night and evening enforcement from 4 to 9 p.m., specifically focusing on failure-to-yield and distracted driving violations.