Our New York City accident report for January 5th takes a close look at two serious car accidents and two work accidents which have resulted in injuries and deaths in the city over the past few weeks. If you or someone you love has been injured in a preventable accident, our NYC personal injury lawyers can help you explore your legal options in a free consultation.
Two Teens Injured In Staten Island Car Accident
Two teenagers were hospitalized, one with critical injuries, after a car accident in Staten Island at around midnight on New Year’s Eve. The accident occurred when their vehicle exited the Staten Island Expressway, and the driver lost control and crashed into two parked cars. Police say the driver was traveling too fast as the car exited the expressway. The 19-year-old driver lost control of the car after he struck a curb near the bottom of the exit.
The driver is currently in critical condition, while his passenger is in serious condition with non-life-threatening injuries.
Subway Worker Injured When Trains Collide
An employee for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority was injured when two subway trains crashed into each other in the East River tunnel connecting Manhattan and Queens. The accident occurred at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27. According to the MTA, the trains bumped into each other, but there was no derailment. One worker was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
No passengers were on either train at the time of the accident, and subway service was not disrupted. Firefighters removed one person from the Manhattan side of the tunnel.
Teen Killed In Chinatown Car Accident
A 17-year-old boy from Brooklyn was killed in a Chinatown car crash on Tuesday, December 26. The 17-year-old was the passenger in a 2004 Mazda sedan, which was being driven by a 22-year-old male. The vehicle was speeding and flipped over near the Chinatown side of the Manhattan Bridge. The vehicle crashed into a curb, light pole, and fire hydrant at the intersection of Canal St. and the Bowery.
Firefighters spent 20 minutes freeing the driver and passenger. The driver was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Construction Worker Struck And Killed By Falling Object In Chelsea
A construction worker was fatally struck by a falling piece of metal scaffolding in Chelsea on Monday, December 18. The 34-year-old male laborer was working at his work site at 69 Ninth Ave. near Chelsea Market when the accident happened. This property has been cited for multiple building code violations since construction began, including some citations for unsafe scaffolding.
An anchoring bracket for scaffolding came loose and fell 10 stories to a sidewalk shed, where it struck and killed the worker.
The Department of Buildings believes the accident was preventable. They’re currently conducting an investigation and working with law enforcement, and believe additional penalties will be assessed.