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Comptroller DiNapoli: Even with fewer drivers statewide, traffic fatalities have risen

June 27, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES IN NEW YORK STATE ROSE 25.8% over four years from 2019-2022, with fatalities at the highest level in a decade in 2022, according to a report that NY State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released on Thursday, June 27. The report, titled “Moving in the Wrong Direction: Traffic Fatalities are Growing in New York State,” noted an inverse proportion: While there are fewer drivers on the road and vehicle safety features have greatly improved, more fatal crashes are occurring, reporting that New York State saw 1,175 traffic fatalities in 2022 — the highest number since 2013. Most fatal car crashes occur on urban roadways, which increased by 68% in New York since 2017. 

While Long Island led the state in fatalities (164 deaths in Suffolk and 81 in Nassau), NYC came in the lowest at 2.9 deaths per 100,000 people, likely because it has a large number of residents who do not own vehicles. However, in NYC, more of these fatalities involve pedestrians. According to Crashmapper, in the borough of Brooklyn alone, during the first six months of 2024, there have been 30 fatalities: 16 pedestrian deaths, five cyclist deaths, and nine motorist/driver deaths. Several of the pedestrian deaths involved trucks or other commercial vehicles. During this same period, Brooklyn saw 7,507 injuries, 1,466 involving pedestrians and 688 involving cyclists.

The number of Brooklyn pedestrian fatalities tragically increased on Wednesday night, June 26, when a dump truck making a right-hand turn struck and killed an 83-year-old woman, identified as Carolyn Cox, as she tried to cross Bond St. near Butler Street in Gowanus. See related Eagle coverage here.

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