Motorists Critically Injure Two NYC Pedestrians in Past 48 Hours

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The intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue where a tow truck driver critically injured an 81-year-old woman crossing the street. Image: Google Street View

Separate crashes in the past 48 hours have critically injured two New York City pedestrians.

On Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m., an unidentified 81-year-old woman was crossing Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens when she was struck by a tow-truck driver turning left from westbound Atlantic Avenue. The woman sustained severe trauma to the head and was last listed in critical condition, according to police. Despite the fact that the circumstances of the crash indicate the victim was crossing Woodhaven with a walk signal and the truck driver failed to yield, NYPD gave Streetsblog the standard line that the crash involved “no criminality” and that it “looks like an accident.”

This morning at around 7 a.m., a minivan driver struck a pedestrian at the intersection of 172nd Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. The victim was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in critical condition. NYPD had no further details on the crash at this time.

Update: The Daily News reports that the victim of the Bronx crash was crossing Jerome when he was struck by a minivan driver heading north, then hit again by a southbound driver. The minivan driver said he didn’t see the victim “until he was right in front of me.” No charges were filed.