Tag: Traffic Accidents and Safety

16-Year-Old Scooter Rider Killed by Tow Truck in New Jersey

A 16-year-old boy became the first person killed while riding a shared electric scooter in New Jersey when he collided with a tow truck in Elizabeth on Wednesday night. The boy was riding one of 400 Lime scooters that were made available for public rental in Elizabeth just last month, according to the city’s mayor, […]

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Dear Reader: Watch Where You’re Going

You’re walking around and a thought occurs: “I should check my phone.” The phone comes out of your pocket. You type a message. Then your eyes remain glued to the screen, even when you walk across the street. We all do this kind of distracted walking, or “twalking.” (Yes, this term is really a thing.) […]

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The Arctic Plunge: From Feeling Like 92 to Freezing in a Day

In the United States in 2019, it often seems there is little that can be agreed upon. But from the borderlands of Texas, up through the Plains and Midwest and over the Appalachians to the East Coast, there was one thought shared by millions of Americans on Tuesday: Gosh, it’s cold out. And, they were […]

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How Cold Is It? Arctic Blast and Snow Send U.S. Into Deep Freeze

The Arctic blast that descended this week on a swath of the country stretching from the Rocky Mountains to New England continued Tuesday, bringing record-breaking low temperatures, snowfall in some Northeast areas and school closings in the Mid-South. Record cold continued to spread from the Plains toward the East Coast, the National Weather Service Prediction […]

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Arctic Blast to Send Eastern U.S. Into Deep Freeze

An Arctic blast descended Monday on a swath of the country stretching from the Rocky Mountains to New England, bringing snow and ice that left at least four dead, including an 8-year-old girl in Kansas. The air mass, which led to more than a thousand flight cancellations, is expected to break more than 150 daily-temperature […]

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They Called 911, Then N.Y.P.D. Workers Sold the Data, Officials Say

For years, Angela Meyers, a 911 operator with the New York Police Department, fielded emergency calls, then filed reports about the calls within the department. But according to court documents, when someone called 911 after a car accident, Ms. Meyers did something else: She also passed victims’ information to an insurance fraud ring in Queens. […]

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Mother Dies After Halloween Crash That Killed Husband and Toddler

Raihan Awaida, her husband, Joseph, and their 3-year-old son, Omar, went out Thursday night in Long Beach, Calif., to enjoy the Halloween festivities. When they were walking back home, a sport utility vehicle drove onto the sidewalk and struck the entire family. Her husband died shortly after the crash. Their son died Saturday. And on […]

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Why New York Can’t Pick Up Its Trash

How bad is New York’s trash nightmare? So bad that, back in 2013, officials frantic to subdue the growing rat population attempted to slip the rodents birth control. But without a little seasoning, they wouldn’t touch it. Raised on New Yorkers’ rich and putrefying leavings, the rats knew they had more delectable options available to […]

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Why 250 Miles of Bike Lanes Are Being Built

Weather: Cloudy with a chance of light rain and a high in the low 60s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Friday (All Saints Day). ImageCredit…Shravya Kag for The New York Times New York was never exactly laid out as bike-friendly city. “Our streets have been really poorly planned in a piecemeal fashion,” Corey Johnson, the […]

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After Spike in Deaths, New York to Get 250 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes

Riding a bicycle in New York City is often a harrowing journey across a patchwork of bike lanes that leave cyclists vulnerable to cars. The dangers came into focus this year after 25 cyclists were killed on city streets — the highest toll in two decades. The spike in deaths has set off criticism that […]

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It’s Halloween. Beware Urban Legends (and Cars).

ImageAlmost all stories about poisoned candy have been found to be hoaxes or folk tales. Credit…Erik S Lesser/EPA, via Shutterstock American children are more likely to be hit by cars on Halloween than on any other night of the year. But many of the concerns expressed each October — in the news media and among family […]

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New Video Shows That Fresno Officer Shot Teen as He Fled

FRESNO, Calif. — New video footage shows the final moments before a Fresno police officer shot and killed an unarmed teenage boy whom the police had been trying to question about a homicide, raising concerns about whether lethal force was justified. Isiah Murrietta-Golding, 16, was shot in the back of the head by the officer […]

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He Got a Bike for His 8th Birthday. He Was Killed Riding It.

The bicycle was a present two years ago for Dalerjon Shahobiddinov’s eighth birthday. He chose the model himself: It was bright orange, sprinkled with black and white dots. “He was so happy and excited to ride it,” said the boy’s father, Djahongir Djalolov. The bike was big and heavy. His father or his older sister […]

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Trump Golf Club May Lose Liquor License Over Fatal Car Crash

New Jersey officials are moving to revoke the liquor license at one of President Trump’s golf clubs, which they say continued to serve a man who was already intoxicated and got into a fatal car crash shortly after leaving the club in 2015. If successful, the move, first reported by The Washington Post, would be […]

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After Cyclist Deaths, City Adjusts Traffic Lights to Slow Cars

The death toll has become a grim reminder of the dangers of biking on New York City’s congested streets. It has continued to rise even as city officials have sought to make streets safer by redesigning intersections and building more protected bike lanes to separate cyclists from vehicles. Twenty-five cyclists have been killed so far […]

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Dash Cams That Can Back You Up in an Accident

When you can’t rely on people to tell what happened after a crash, a dash cam may be your only good backup. “My client says he had a green light while driving through an intersection,” said Ben Schwartz, a personal injury attorney. “But another driver, who came through the same intersection and struck him, claims […]

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3 Soldiers Killed in Training Accident at Fort Stewart in Georgia, Official Says

Three soldiers were killed and three others injured in a training accident at an Army base in Georgia on Sunday, an official said. The soldiers were in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle that was involved in an early-morning accident at the base, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield, the official, Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the […]

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Bus Near Saudi Holy City of Mecca Crashes, Killing 35 People

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Authorities in Saudi Arabia say 35 pilgrims have been killed in a bus crash near the Muslim holy city of Mecca. The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday that four others were injured in the crash. The agency, quoting police in Saudi Arabia’s Medina province, said the crash happened around […]

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Trump Stuns Grieving Britons: Meet the Suspect in Your Son’s Death

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he had tried unsuccessfully to arrange a White House meeting between the parents of a teenager killed in an August crash in Britain and the American driver involved in the crash. The parents, Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office Tuesday […]

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U.K. Says Immunity of U.S. Diplomat’s Wife ‘No Longer Relevant’

LONDON — The diplomatic immunity of Anne Sacoolas, the American woman who is a suspect in a road crash that killed Harry Dunn, a British teenager, is “no longer relevant” in the case, Britain’s foreign secretary has said. Ms. Sacoolas, the 42-year-old wife of a diplomat, fled Britain using diplomatic immunity after the police in […]

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Shop Faked Brake Repairs Before Limo Crash That Killed 20, D.A. Says

ALBANY, N.Y. — Of all the mysteries surrounding last year’s deadly limousine crash in upstate New York, the most central is this: Why didn’t the vehicle slow down? On Thursday, that question gained more focus after reports that the limousine operator had brought the vehicle in for brake service in the months before the crash, […]

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