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Emory University graduate dies in New York pedestrian accident

The New York Police Department has reported that one man lost his life after he was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the 12th Avenue crosswalk between W 45th and 46th Street on the 12th Avenue portion of West Side Highway in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City on Sunday, July 31 at around 2:17 a.m.

The victim was identified as 22-year-old Jack Koval, who was a graduate of Atlanta, Georgia-based Emory University and who was working as an analyst in New York City-based investment banking and private equity investment firm Centerview Partners, according to an obituary in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Emergency medical responders found Koval lying unconscious on the street after the accident. Police said the driver who hit Koval was found to be sober by a breathalyzer test.

Attorneys with Hach & Rose, LLP want to remind people to be careful around busy roads as accidents involving pedestrians can be much more tragic. Our thoughts go out to the victim and his loved ones.


Union spokesman cites pedestrian negligence in high accident rate

In a recent article, Pete Donohue of the Transit Union Workers of New York stated that a major factor in the high rate of pedestrian accidents in New York City is the behavior of pedestrians themselves. According to Donohue, Manhattan is facing a pedestrian problem caused by individuals who “are constantly darting or sauntering through intersections against the signal, crossing mid block far from the relative safety of a crosswalk, [or] texting with their heads down.”

Donohue quoted statistics from the Vision Zero Pedestrian Safety Action Plan that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented late in 2015 showing that the inattentiveness of pedestrians when crossing roads contributed in 43% of pedestrian fatalities in the borough of Manhattan and 16% in other areas of New York, for a total of 56%, which is more than half of the percentage of contributing factors in pedestrian accidents within the state.

Lloyd Alter of Treehugger responded to Donohue’s article by pointing out the absurdity of blaming pedestrians on accidents that result in their own injuries or deaths. Alter concluded by stating that Donohue’s words were both “incendiary” and “wrong.”

At Hach & Rose, LLP, our legal team believes in protecting pedestrians, and we will work on your behalf after you have been injured by a driver to hold that individual accountable. Call us today at (212) 779-0057 to learn more.


One killed when truck crashed into Simeon’s in Ithaca

One individual died and at least seven others incurred minor injuries after a tractor-trailer hauling cars crashed into Simeon’s restaurant in downtown Ithaca on the afternoon of June 20, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported.

The Ithaca police have yet to release the names of the victims or driver involved. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries and was taken under police custody to be investigated. A pastry chef from a nearby restaurant was sitting outside at the time of the accident and witnessed the event. She did not hear the brakes of the truck; to her, it appeared that it drove directly into the restaurant without stopping.

When the four-story building was hit by the large commercial truck, the front corner of the restaurant collapsed. Later, a crane demolished part of the roof. A city engineer and private engineer firm are inspecting the damage to the structure.

The attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP, send their deepest condolences to the friends and family who are suffering from this tragic accident.


Fatal pedestrian accidents kill two people in Queens

On Saturday, January 18, two separate pedestrian accidents claimed the lives of two people in New York City.

Angela Hurtado, 68, an Elmhurst resident was struck by an SUV on Grand Avenue around 10:50 a.m. She died from her injuries. The driver of the SUV, Abel Tinoco, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Earlier that morning, an unidentified homeless man was hit and killed by a Ford Expedition along the Cross Island Parkway in Queens. The driver of the Ford Expedition was not charged in the accident.

The attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, extend our condolences to those affected by these unfortunate incidents.


Recent NYC pedestrian accidents claim three lives

Car accidents in Queens and East Harlem caused fatal injuries to three people on Monday, November 11.

A yellow Chevrolet Camaro that was heading west on Queens Boulevard near Broadway, crashed into a phone booth, a lamp post, and two parked cars around 7:30 a.m. before it went over the curb and hit two pedestrians.

Fifty-nine-year-old Man Chit Cheng died at the scene of the accident while 41-year-old Mu Wang Lin was pronounced dead at the Elmhurst Hospital. Both were Queens residents.

Meanwhile in East Harlem, a taxi heading west on East 102nd Street crashed into a southbound box truck. The truck then went over the curb and struck 65-year-old Manhattan resident Olga Rivera. Rivera was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The police are conducting investigations into the accidents.

The New York City attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP extend our sincere condolences to those affected by these tragic accidents.


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