A Staten Island teenager was struck and killed by a truck driver as she crossed the street yesterday. Police say that the driver of a Ford F-150 was traveling west on Hylan Boulevard at around 1:40 p.m. when he turned left onto Bayview Avenue, hitting 15-year-old Jenna Daniels.
An NYPD spokesperson said that a preliminary investigation showed that Daniels was running west on Bayview "with headphones on" when she attempted to cross Bayview from west to east "outside of the marked crosswalk." Witnesses also told police that the driver had the signal.
Daniels was transported to Staten Island University Hospital South, where she was pronounced dead. The driver, a 38-year-old male, remained at the scene.
Attorney and Vision Zero proponent Steve Vaccaro points out that under New York City traffic law [PDF], Daniels was permitted to cross mid-block. "The far end of the block where this crash occurred, the intersection of Johnston Terrace and Bayview Avenue, does not have a traffic signal per the latest Google Maps view," Vaccaro says. "Unless that has changed, 15-year-old Jenna Daniels was not prohibited from crossing where she did."
"This road has the look, feel, and features of a nature trail and it was perfectly understandable and reasonable to use it as a place to jog in relative safety from the heavy and aggressive motor vehicle traffic of Hylan Boulevard. No doubt many people living near Lemon Creek do," Vaccaro notes, adding, "I suggest that NYPD spokespeople study the traffic laws more and blame victims less."
The Staten Island Advance reports that the driver's "hands [were] covered in blood from an apparent CPR attempt he made in an effort to save the teen."
No arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.