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Details on Fatal Midwood Crash Don’t Mesh With NYPD Victim-Blaming
Posted By Brad Aaron On January 23, 2013 @ 2:00 pm In Carnage,Chelsea,City Council,David Greenfield,Kips Bay,Midwood,NYPD Crash Investigations | 9 Comments
The driver of a Ford van killed a 15-year-old girl in Midwood Tuesday. It was the second crash in which a child has died in city traffic in less than a week, and at least the fourth time a motorist has killed a pedestrian in the course of six days.
Sara Kishik was crossing Avenue O near E. 7th Street , a residential area where homes line both sides of the street, at approximately 2:50 p.m. when she was struck, according to reports. NY1  says the van was a “private ambulette.” A bystander told DNAinfo  that Kishik was thrown into the air upon impact.
A witness, who only gave his name as Vinny, 52, said that the girl was crossing midblock when she was struck by the van, catapulting her into the air.
“She went into the air and hit her head on the ground,” he said.
If the witness account is accurate, it’s a sign the driver may have been speeding. In addition, multiple reports  indicate the driver was eastbound on Avenue O , and that Kishik was crossing from north to south. If that is the case, she would have been at least halfway across the street when she was hit, having already crossed the westbound lane. It is impossible to imagine an attentive driver traveling at 30 mph or less on a clear afternoon failing to see a 15-year-old crossing the street directly in front of him.
Nevertheless, NYPD immediately assigned blame to the deceased victim. The Daily News  says that according to police Kishik “stepped in the road from between two parked cars.” Within hours, NYPD issued its standard “No criminality suspected” statement to the press.
Sara Kishik was killed five days after 7-year-old Puran Thapa was fatally struck by a motorist  in a head-on crash in Ridgewood. Last Friday afternoon, retired postal worker  Thomas Berry, 66, died when he reportedly “fell into” the wheels  of a passing garbage truck on Ninth Avenue in Chelsea. Early Sunday, cab driver and student  Hoosain Mir was standing in front of his double-parked taxi on E. 26th Street in Kips Bay when a driver slammed into it , killing him instantly. No charges were reported filed for any of these traffic deaths.
At least seven pedestrians and cyclists have died at the hands of New York City motorists in 2013. February will mark the one-year anniversary of the City Council hearing on traffic fatalities and NYPD crash investigations , which has so far yielded no reforms from lawmakers or Ray Kelly’s NYPD.
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 Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Notification-Center1.jpg
 Avenue O near E. 7th Street: http://goo.gl/maps/MeM42
 NY1: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/175821/teenager-struck--killed-by-van-in-brooklyn
 DNAinfo: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130122/midwood/girl-struck-by-car-critically-injured-midwood
 reports: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/01/22/girl-15-struck-and-killed-by-van-in-midwood-brooklyn/
 eastbound on Avenue O: http://www.vosizneias.com/122325/2013/01/23/brooklyn-ny-orthodox-teen-killed-by-van-in-midwood
 Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/girl-killed-car-article-1.1245239
 his Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/NYCGreenfield/status/293832059217125376
 66th Precinct: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precincts/precinct_066.shtml
 fatally struck by a motorist: http://www.streetsblog.org/2013/01/18/puran-thapa-7-killed-by-motorist-in-ridgewood-no-charges-filed/
 retired postal worker: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/retiree_tragedy_j6mqb7Gzvajj0r0Iogbn1N?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Manhattan
 “fell into” the wheels: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130118/chelsea/man-seriously-hurt-after-being-struck-by-vehicle-chelsea
 cab driver and student: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/cabby_crush_horror_tbOaWVxEU65ILTxAClyeYP
 a driver slammed into it: http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20130120/gramercy/cab-driver-killed-gramercy-crash
 traffic fatalities and NYPD crash investigations: http://www.streetsblog.org/2012/02/15/nypds-lax-crash-investigations-may-violate-state-law/
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