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New York City councilman says barriers may prevent car accidents

A particular sidewalk in New York became the rather chaotic scene of a recent traffic incident. Car accidents happen somewhere in the city nearly every day, and some, like this one, involve pedestrians. There were several witnesses to the recent collision; one 52-year-old man, a restaurant owner, came out of his establishment to render aid to those involved.

Reports so far state that a sport utility vehicle and a cab were both attempting to maneuver right-hand turns when the collision occurred. Somehow, their bumpers became entangled, at which point, those witnessing the incident say the woman driving the SUV accelerated her speed, which sent her vehicle sailing into a parked van nearby. After the SUV smashed into the van, it careened up over a curb, into a fence, then a tree, and ran over several pedestrians on the sidewalk. 

There were apparently seven passengers in the sport utility vehicle when the crash took place. A local restaurateur said he saw what was happening outside his window and rushed out to see if anyone needed help. He immediately noticed a woman lying on the ground, profusely bleeding from her head. An ambulance was called to the scene to assist.

A local council member made a public statement after the incident. He said he thinks the city should install barriers to protect pedestrians from car accidents because the area is typically heavily laden with traffic. He mentioned another accident in Times Square where a vehicle hopped a curb and ran into more than 20 people on the sidewalk; after that accident, cement bollards were installed for better public protection. A New York personal injury attorney is a tremendous source of support for anyone injured as a pedestrian or motorist in this type of vehicular collision.

Source: New York Daily News, "Car jumps curb in Midtown after crash, injures 10 pedestrians", Aaron Holmes, Graham Rayman, June 15, 2017

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