Just a day after an 89-year-old pedestrian was fatally struck by a pick-up truck that jumped a curb (after a livery cab hit it), a motorcyclist was struck by a van at 146th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard in Harlem around 1:20 p.m. According to DNAinfo, "Witnesses said the motorcyclist was headed south on Adam Clayton Powell when it collided with a van crossing on W. 146th Street, witnesses said. It was unclear which vehicle might have ran the light."
Neighbors said that the intersection is where vehicles routinely run red lights. Transportation Alternatives issued another statement; executive director Paul Steely White said:"Day in and day out, New Yorkers are struck down by traffic violence and we accept it as if it were caused by weather. Hundreds of New Yorkers are killed every year and thousands are injured and virtually all of it is preventable. It’s time to put an end to this carnage by enforcing safe speeds.
"Improved enforcement, like speed detectors and public awareness campaigns about the dangers of speeding, would go a long way toward ending traffic violence. The DOT’s effort to educate New Yorkers about the dangers of speeding is exactly the kind of initiative we need from the NYPD. The NYPD needs to send a crystal
clear message that speeding is dangerous and illegal."The TA press release also mentions, "Speed detector cameras are proven to reduce dangerous speeding, the number one cause of fatal crashes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the number of drivers traveling more than 10 mph over the speed limit fell by up to 88 percent after speed detectors were put in place in Washington D.C., Scottsdale, Ariz, and Montgomery County, Md. Speed detectors, activated by motor vehicles driving at unsafe speeds, automatically record the license plate number and issue a ticket to the vehicle."
The motorcyclist appeared to have suffered a hand injury; a witness added that he was "bleeding all inside his helmet."