Tracking Progress: June 2018

Fatalities. Through the end of June, there have been 30 traffic fatalities in Queens in 2018. Some of the neighbors we lost this year have included:

  • Myriam Nino, 82, Pedestrian, struck on January 5 in crosswalk at Northern Blvd. and 90th Street in Jackson Heights (115th Precinct). Died on January 20th (
  • Jun Sum Yim, 77, Pedestrian, killed January 10 on Parsons Boulevard near 32nd Avenue in Flushing (109th Precinct), hit and run (Streetsblog)
  • Phil O’Reilly, 71, Pedestrian, killed on January 23 in crosswalk at Union Turnpike at 175th in Fresh Meadows (107th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Toolia Rambarose, 70, Pedestrian, killed on February 7 in crosswalk at Liberty Avenue and 135th Street in Richmond Hill (102nd Precinct (Streetsblog)
  • Unidentified Female Pedestrian, 83, killed on February 14 in crosswalk on Woodside Avenue and 57th Street in Woodside (108th Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Stephen Morales, 36, Cyclist, killed on February 19 on Runway Drive at Marine Terminal Road at LaGuardia Airport (115th Precinct), hit and run (Streetsblog)
  • Elise Hellinger, 58, Pedestrian, killed by school bus on March 13 in crosswalk at 82nd Road and Kew Gardens Road in Kew Gardens (102nd Precinct) (Streetsblog)
  • Giovanni Ampuero, 9, Pedestrian, killed on April 28 in crosswalk on 70th Street and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights (115th Precinct) (Streetsblog
  • Unidentified Male Pedestrian, 54, killed on April 29 at 153rd Street near Hillside Avenue in Briarwood (107th Precinct), hit-and-run (New York Post)
  • Abdul Jamil, 79, Pedestrian, killed on May 7 on Jewel Avenue at 150th St. in Kew Gardens (News
  • Carlos Gavilanes, 47, Pedestrian, killed on May 21 on Northern Boulevard between 100th and 101st Streets in Jackson Heights (115th Precinct) (Streetsblog
  • Aaron Padawee, 45, Cyclist, killed on May 29 on 21st Street and 46th Avenue in Astoria (108th Precinct), unlicensed driver (Streetsblog
  • Madeline Sershen, 17, Pedestrian, killed on June 25 at Utopia Parkway and 16th Avenue in Whitestone (109th Precinct) (Streetsblog

In the 12 months ending June 2018, there have been 65 overall traffic fatalities in Queens, down 30% from the 93 people killed in 2013, the Vision Zero benchmark year. Citywide, there has been a 31% decline in fatalities.

Injuries. In the 12 months ending in June 2018, there have been 2,628 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 818 injuries to cyclists, a decline of 1% since 2013. Overall, including motor vehicle occupants, there have been 18,207 people injured in motor vehicle crashes in Queens over the past year, up 17% since 2013. Citywide, there has been a 9% increase in injuries over this time. Across the city, there has been a general leveling off of injuries from vehicular crashes over the past 18 months, a pattern that is seen across every borough. But overall since 2013, Queens and the Bronx have seen the greatest percent increase in traffic-related injuries among the five boroughs.

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 17% since 2013. Citywide, enforcement is up 26%.

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