A traffic accident in Queens killed one 13-year-old girl and injured another. Police say the accident happened on Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park on Oct. 24th around 6:45 a.m. The two girls were crossing near 149th Avenue when they were struck by a green Chevy sedan headed south. The driver was a 55-year-old male.
According to Newsday, the girls were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. One girl died of severe head trauma at the hospital. The other sustained a leg injury and is in stable condition. Police say the driver remained at the scene. So far, the accident is being investigated and no arrests have been made.
A recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that traffic deaths have been on the rise, increasing 10.4 percent in the first half of 2016 compared to the same time period in 2015. NHTSA reported that 17,775 people died in traffic-related events in the first half of 2016 compared to 16,100 in the first half of 2015. Although Americans drove more in 2016, this does not account for the rise in traffic deaths.
The report did not attribute the deaths to a particular cause, stating “It is too soon to attribute contributing factors or potential implications of any changes in deaths on our roadways,” Unfortunately, traffic deaths have consistently increased in recent years. For seven consecutive quarters since the final months of 2014, the rate of traffic deaths has been higher compared to the corresponding quarters of previous years.
NHTSA has announced its “Road to Zero” coalition, which seeks to eliminate traffic deaths by 2046. The coalition includes plans to prevent deaths on sidewalks and bicycle paths.