A woman is in critical condition after being struck by an NYPD vehicle on the Upper East Side yesterday evening.
According to authorities, the 51-year-old woman was crossing York Avenue at 72nd Street at around 6:15 p.m. last night when authorities say the driver of an NYPD car heading southbound on York struck her. The woman was transported to Cornell Hospital by EMS workers, where cops say she was listed in critical condition with head trauma.
Cops say the operator of the vehicle stayed on the scene, and was administered a breathalyzer test, which he passed; though the NYPD says the investigation is ongoing, authorities say several witnesses on the scene noted the vehicle had a green light, and the pedestrian was crossing against the light. "I’ve lived here for years, and this is a bad cross-section,” UES resident Randi Good told the Post. “People are always jay-walking and cars are always trying to beat the light. It’s a dangerous combination."
AleXander Hirka tells us that the police response was large, "There were about 6 police cars—plus a couple black unmarked SUVs with Men In Black emerging—with access to the intersection closed off in all directions for one block." There were also "special cameras on tripods and multiple additional photographers."