A 61-year-old female pedestrian was fatally struck by the driver of an SUV this morning while crossing West End Avenue at 95th Street, only two blocks from where 9-year-old Cooper Stock was killed by a taxi driver in January.
The NYPD says that Jean Chambers, 61, was crossing at the intersection of 95th Street and West End Avenue at around 11:01 this morning when she was struck by the driver of a 2004 Ford Explorer. The 50-year-old male driver was making a left turn onto West End while traveling eastbound on West 95th Street when he struck her, according to authorities. Cops say that Chambers, who lived on Riverside Drive just a few blocks away, was transported to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to witnesses, Chambers was dragged by the vehicle. "I heard a ‘boom,’” witness Marcos Martinez told the Daily News. “Everybody standing around screamed. The woman was knocked out instantly and her head and face were covered in blood.”
Today's pedestrian fatality is just one of many seen near that UWS intersection this year. A few days after Cooper was killed while crossing West End Ave at 97th Street, 73-year-old Alexander Shear was fatally struck by a tour bus on West 96th Street and Broadway, and Samantha Lee, 26, was fatally hit by two drivers on West 96th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue while crossing the street mid-block. The Department of Transportation has pledged to crack down on pedestrian deaths and injuries at these intersections, but pedestrians continue to get struck.
City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who represents the district, issued the following statement regarding the incident:
This is an unspeakable tragedy, and I grieve for the victim and her loved ones. Furthermore, this is a preventable tragedy, and another case where caution on the driver's part would have saved a life. This is the fourth deadly pedestrian collision in a two-block radius of the Upper West Side this year, and it is four too many. I renew my call to my New York State colleagues to extend Cooper’s Law to all drivers. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and we must do whatever we can to put a stop to reckless driving.
The unidentified driver remained at the scene, and that the investigation is ongoing. An NYPD spokesperson could not confirm whether Chambers had the right of way, but said that charges are pending against the driver.