Two New Yorkers Killed in Truck Accidents, Just Hours Apart

With pedestrian and cycling deaths on the rise this year, New Yorkers are practicing extra caution when navigating city streets.

Unfortunately, even the most cautious people can still be victimized by forces outside their control.

On Jan. 7, a mother and her child were struck by a city sanitation truck near the intersection of 57th and 97th Streets. The mother was walking her child to school at 7 a.m. and the pair were struck while the garbage truck driver was exiting a driveway.

First responders rushed the pair to Elmhurst Hospital where both were admitted in critical condition. The boy died shortly thereafter.

A second deadly truck collision occurred in Brooklyn just hours later when a 68-year-old woman was struck by a cement truck as she crossed New Utrecht Avenue.

Video of the incident showed the woman enter the walkway legally, then begin crossing the street, moving slowly and supported by a cane. The light for oncoming traffic changed from red to green before she could make it safely across, and a truck driver struck her after accelerating through the intersection following the light change.

A Disturbing Pattern of Accidents

The two deaths were already the 3rd and 4th of 2020. In 2019, 219 people were killed on New York City streets, including 122 pedestrians and 19 cyclists. Children and the elderly are especially at risk; the 10-year-old killed on Jan. 7 was the seventh child under the age of 11 to be fatally struck in a NYC traffic accident over the last year. Meanwhile, people over 65 represented nearly one-third of pedestrian deaths in NYC last year.

No tickets or arrests were made in the two fatal incidents on Jan. 7.

Finding the Right NYC Truck Accident Lawyer

Personal injury cases are often complex — so it makes sense to choose an attorney with significant experience. At Frankel Law Firm, we’ve been protecting the rights of accident victims for more than 40 years.

If you’ve been seriously injured in a truck collision — or any traffic-related incident — don’t hesitate to contact us today. Call the Frankel Law Firm for a free consultation. All trucking accident cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis which means that you will not pay any attorneys fee unless there is a recovery. Call us at (212) 888-5100 or contact us on our website –

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