Three pedestrians were killed by motorists in NYC in the span of five hours last night, and, as is often the case, the NYPD's woefully understaffed Accident Investigation Squad has quickly concluded that the drivers committed no crime. The first to die was an elderly Staten Island man named Richard Griffin, who was fatally struck in Lenox Hill by the driver of a Jeep just before 8 p.m. The 85-year-old was on his way to visit someone at Cornell Medical Center.
Police say Griffin was trying to cross York at the intersection of 69th Street when he was killed by the driver of a Jeep Liberty heading north. He was pronounced DOA at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, a block away. The driver stayed at the scene and the NYPD tells us there is "no criminality suspected."
A couple of hours later, another pedestrian was killed in Brownsville. According to the NYPD press office, 52-year-old Gerald Green was jaywalking near Rockaway Parkway when he was struck by the driver of a 2011 Jeep Cherokee shortly before 11:30 p.m. Police say Green was "attempting to cross Linden Blvd against the traffic signal" when the unidentified motorist "did inadvertently strike" Green. He was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital. The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged, although the NYPD says the investigation is on going.
At approximately 1 a.m., an unidentified pedestrian was killed by a cab driver at West 125 Street and Broadway in Manhattanville. Police described the victim as a 35-year-old black male who was "attempting to cross West 125 Street near the intersection of Broadway." The pedestrian, whose name is being withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital. Details about the incident remain scant, but the police say the driver stayed at the scene and "there is no criminality suspected at this time."