City

Pedestrian struck on Amsterdam Ave. and 116th St.

  • Steven Lau / Senior Staff Photographer
    crash | On Wednesday night, police blocked off the section of Amsterdam Avenue between 115th and 116th streets after a black Lincoln town car hit a pedestrian. The vehicle was stopped on Amsterdam Avenue, in the middle of the 116th Street crosswalk.
  • Steven Lau / Senior Staff Photographer
    Onlookers | The police activity at Amsterdam Avenue and 116th Street following the crash drew many new students to the scene, some watching from the bridge.
  • Steven Lau / Senior Staff Photographer
    Crash | On Wednesday night, police blocked off the section of Amsterdam Avenue between 115th and 116th streets after a black Lincoln town car hit a pedestrian. The vehicle was stopped on Amsterdam Avenue, in the middle of the 116th Street crosswalk.
  • Steven Lau / Senior Staff Photographer
    Aftermath | As police were removing crime scene tape from the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and 116th Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, firefighters arrived on scene to wash away blood from the crosswalk where a pedestrian had been hit by a car.

Updated Aug. 29, 3:38 p.m.:

A pedestrian was struck and injured by a black Lincoln town car at approximately 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night at the intersection of Amsterdam Avenue and 116th Street. Public Safety officers said the victim, a male, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital.

District 7 Council member Mark Levine tweeted on Thursday that the pedestrian was "in extremely critical condition."

Pedestrian hit by vehicle on Amsterdam Ave between 115th & 116th St. In extremely critical condition at St. Lukes hospital. #VisionZero

— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) August 28, 2014

Levine told Spectator in an interview on Friday that, as of Thursday, the pedestrian—a Hispanic male in his 20s or 30s—hasn't been identified yet because he wasn't carrying ID at the time of the collision, but that his injuries were serious.

"It sounded like he was fighting for his life," Levine said. 

Esther Acuma, an employee at Hamilton Deli, located just steps from where the intersection, was working when the accident happened.

"I saw the guy on the ground. I could see blood coming out of his head," Acuma said.

According to Acuma, pedestrians gathered around the victim immediately, and an ambulance arrived a few minutes later.

Amsterdam Avenue was closed between 115th and 116th streets until almost midnight with at least eight police cars present. During that time, the vehicle that was involved in the crash was stopped facing north on Amsterdam Avenue, in the middle of the 116th Street crosswalk.

This is the second car accident to occur at that intersection this month. A Columbia Public Safety officer was hit by a car on Aug. 10.

Levine told Spectator that the intersection could be made safer with a few adjustments.

"I think that spot is a problem," Levine said, adding that the intersection could be safer with better lighting, the addition of a pedestrian median, and a bulb-out to extend the sidewalk. "Those also could have the effect of slowing down traffic. We’re crafting a letter to the DOT to ask them to study these things."

It is unknown whether the victim was a Columbia affiliate.

Check back for more updates. If you know anything about what happened, email tips@columbiaspectator.com.

Comments

Plain text

  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Ken posted on

The Spectator should consider eliminating the word "accident" from its coverage of such incidents and replace it with something like "crash" or "collision." The use of "accident" by the media perpetuates the illusion that tragedies caused by motor vehicle drivers are somehow without agency -- unavoidable occurrences that "just happen." This in turn makes it more difficult to change the culture on our streets so that such tragedies are less common.

+1
+12
-1
Concerned Parent posted on

It is time for the University to step up to the plate and take some responsibility for the safety of pedestrians around the University.

This is two tragic accidents in the last two weeks.

The new Mayor has made reducing pedestrian deaths a priority. President Bollinger should work with the Mayor on safety concerns around the University.

There are so many pedestrians around the main campus and cars, trucks and cabs come racing down Broadway and Amsterdam.

+1
-1
-1
Anonymous posted on

Altho I agree with you in principle, it is not Columbia's responsibilty to police New York City public streets. Accidents happen everywhere, and Columbia is probably one of the more safe campuses. Typically, there is generally human error in these incidents, either speeding or alcohol on the driver, or jay walking on the side of the pedestrian. This incident, by report so far, said the pedestrian darted in the middle of the road not on a corner on a green light.

+1
+4
-1
CU_Alum posted on

Serious accidents like these don't happen around CU very often. There have been two in ten days, but that is far from typical.

Columbia could make Amsterdam safer by modifying or removing the very wide bridge/plaza in front of the Law School north of 116th Street. But it seems this car was heading northbound and had not yet reached 116th. If that's true, the bridge likely had nothing to do with the accident.

Aside from the bridge, CU has no control over neighborhood traffic conditions. Speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs, street conditions, etc. are all governed by the city.

+1
+1
-1
Anonymous posted on

The Amsterdam bridge is great to get back and forth from main to east campus to avoid the street altogether.

+1
+4
-1
CU_Alum posted on

The bridge is convenient for pedestrians, but it's built in a way that can reduce visibility on the road below. That's a bigger problem in the daytime due to the very large shadow. The lights underneath might actually *improve* visibility at night , but they have only a limited impact during the day. (This accident happened at night, which is further reason to doubt that the bridge played any part in it.)

Neighbors have complained about the bridge for a long time, both because it affects traffic and because it makes Amsterdam unfriendly to pedestrians. Some have urged CU to remove it completely. A more plausible solution is to remove most of it and leave narrower pedestrian bridges at either end. Since few people actually use the plaza between the two walkways, removing that part of the bridge wouldn't have much practical impact. Removing the whole thing and building two new, narrow bridges might be more sensible. There must also be ways to preserve its existing size while enhancing the space beneath. With any of these changes, pedestrians could still cross above Amsterdam and the streetscape below would improve.

The bridge is over 40 years old, so it may need to be upgraded or replaced soon for structural reasons. CU can find ways to improve it then, even if nothing else is done in the meantime.

+1
+3
-1
Alum posted on

Please let Columbia journalists deviate from the norm, and provide us with follow-up to these crashes. A few questions to ask:
(1) What are the police investigating? Are they checking the phones to see whether the driver was distracted? What was the speed of the car? Have the police subpoenaed the car's black box and collected video from buildings and stores on the surrounding blocks?
(2) Has the Manhattan DA discussed any charges against the driver, if needed? Is the DA employing applicable laws, including the ones passed by the NYS legislature in the past few years, appropriately?

C'mon Columbia journalists: you're not subject to the profit motive like non-college journalists. Spend time on these things. Lives are on the line.

+1
+5
-1
Anonymous posted on

Why are you blaming the driver? By reports, the pedestrian was jaywalking on a green light.

+1
-1
-1
Alum posted on

Please let Columbia journalists deviate from the norm, and provide us with follow-up to these crashes. A few questions to ask:
(1) What are the police investigating? Are they checking the phones to see whether the driver was distracted? What was the speed of the car? Have the police subpoenaed the car's black box and collected video from buildings and stores on the surrounding blocks?
(2) Has the Manhattan DA discussed any charges against the driver, if needed? Is the DA employing applicable laws, including the ones passed by the NYS legislature in the past few years, appropriately?

C'mon Columbia journalists: you're not subject to the profit motive like non-college journalists. Spend time on these things. Lives are on the line.

+1
+1
-1
Daphna posted on

Far better and more accurate wording would be "...a driver of a black Lincoln town car hit a pedestrian." and "A pedestrian was struck and injured by a driver of a black Lincoln town car..." The car did not move itself. Leaving out the word "driver" and wrongly placing the blame on the vehicle has the unfortunate effect of exonerating the driver of responsibility; it also takes the focus off the driver and his/her actions that may have contributed or caused the crash.

The whole mentality about collisions needs to change so that people start to realize they are preventable rather than unavoidable. As Ken wrote, using "crash" or "collision" instead of accident is one change the media must make. The other change needed is to write "a driver of a vehicle hit a pedestrian..." rather than "a vehicle hit a pedestrian...".

+1
+2
-1
Anonymous posted on

I saw it happen. The pedestrian was jaywalking and wearing all black, and he was hit by a car going uptown...in other words, the ones you can see a mile away. This is very sad and totally avoidable and its important to remind ourselves that we are not invincible.

+1
+2
-1
ElbertGafe posted on

cialis generique
acquistare cialis
precio cialis
http://achetercialisgeneriqueenlignefrance.com/ cialis
http://acquistarepillolecialisgenericoitalia.com/ cialis generico
http://comprarcialiscomprimidogenericoespana.com/ comprar cialis

+1
0
-1
Top China posted on

http://scottalanciolek.com/4_Tips_For_Coach_Bags http://www.taehyuna.net/xe/?document_srl=694173 http://www.militiajointops.com/Michael_Kors_Bags_Smackdown http://broadport.net/pm/?document_srl=1660532
Top China http://top.chinaz.com/list.aspx

+1
0
-1