Andrew Esquivel, Jack Koval, Sean Ryan, and Matthew von Ohlen
Seventeen people died in New York City traffic in July, and 5,310 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.
City Hall reported 83 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through July of this year, and 8,378 injured, compared to 77 deaths and 7,835 injuries in the same period in 2015.
Citywide, nine pedestrians and three cyclists were fatally struck by drivers last month. Among the victims were Teresa Martinelli, Matthew von Ohlen, Jorge Zepeda, Andrew Esquivel, Sean Ryan, Terrence Montrose, Roberts Nukheimra, Jack Koval, and an unnamed male pedestrian in the Bronx.
Motorists killed at least one senior in July: Teresa Martinelli, 79.
Across the city, 727 pedestrians and 498 cyclists were reported hurt in collisions with motor vehicles. Per NYPD policy, few of these crashes were investigated by trained officers.
Of nine fatal crashes on surface streets reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, three motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Based on NYPD and media accounts, at least four victims were likely walking or cycling with the right of way when they were struck.
Teresa Martinelli was reportedly “knocked out of her shoes” in a Midtown crosswalk by a driver who was charged with a misdemeanor Right of Way Law violation.
After Andrew Esquivel was struck and killed on a Brooklyn sidewalk by an allegedly drunk off-duty police officer, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said drunk driving cops are “not a problem” at NYPD. Another driver who reportedly had a BAC of .163 killed Sean Ryan, 17, as he rode his bike near Marine Park. The motorists who killed Esquivel and Ryan were both charged with manslaughter.
Police said the hit-and-run driver who ran over cyclist Matthew von Ohlen in Brooklyn may have done so intentionally. Though investigators located the vehicle, von Ohlen’s killer remains at large. The 90th Precinct responded to von Ohlen’s death by ticketing people on bikes.