Tracking Progress: May 2016


It has been a while since we’ve been able to get current data from NYPD, but now we can catch up on Vision Zero progress so far in 2016.

Fatalities. So far in 2016, there have been nine pedestrian or cyclist fatalities in Queens. The neighbors we lost included:

  • Nancy Ventura, 61, Pedestrian, killed on January 22, 2016 at College Point Blvd. and 15th Ave. in College Point (109th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Dorothy Heimann, 90, Pedestrian, struck on February 7, 2016 at Clintonville Street 17th Avenue in Whitestone (109th Precinct), died on March 4th, hit and run (Streetsblog)
  • Alexa Smith, 16, Pedestrian, killed on February 10, 2016 at Sunrise Highway at Francis Lewis Boulevard in Rosedale (105th Precinct) by hit and run driver (Times Ledger)
  • Besik Shengelia, 48, Pedestrian, killed on February 28, 2016 at 111th Street near 109th Avenue in South Ozone Park (106th Precinct) by hit and run driver (Streetsblog)
  • Lin Qinyun, 64, Pedestrian, killed on March 11, 2016 at 37th Avenue at 113th Street in Corona (115th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Male Pedestrian, 57, killed on April 5, 2016 at 35th Avenue and Prince Street in Flushing (109th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Sean Crume, 45, Pedestrian, killed on April 6, 2016 at 21st Street and 30th Road in Astoria (114th Precinct), by a hit and run driver (Streetsblog)
  • Rodney Tavarez, 18, Skateboarder, killled on April 17, 2016 at Forest Parkway and Park Lane South, Woodhaven (102nd Precinct) in collision with NYC Parks truck (
  • Doodnach Lalchan, 43, killed on May 8, 2016 at 115th Avenue and 131st Street in South Ozone Park (106th Precinct), by two hit-and-run drivers (abc7NY)

In the 12 months ending May 2016, there have been 68 overall traffic fatalities in Queens, down 27% from the 93 people killed in 2013, the Vision Zero benchmark year. Citywide, there has been a 21% decline in fatalities.

Injuries. In the 12 months ending in May 2016, there have been 2,620 pedestrians injured in Queens by motor vehicles, a decline of 6% from the Vision Zero benchmark year, 2013. In the same time, there have been 941 injuries to cyclists, a rise of 14% since 2013. Overall, including motor vehicle occupants, there have been 16,896 people injured in motor vehicle crashes in Queens over the past year, up 9% since 2013. Citywide, there has been a 0.1% increase in injuries. Citywide, there has been a general upswing in injuries from vehicular crashes in recent months, a pattern that is seen across nearly every borough. This is most likely due to an underlying citywide increase in traffic and/or pedestrian activity.

Enforcement. Overall, while enforcement of speeding, red light running, and not giving right of way to pedestrians remains significantly higher than pre-Vision Zero levels, tickets issued for illegal cell phone use, an important contributor to distracted driving, remains sharply down. Overall, enforcement across all four categories in Queens is up 4% since 2013. Citywide, enforcement is up 21%.

See our full report here, including results by borough and police precinct.