An elderly Hispanic man was killed near his home on a tragic night in New York; hit-and-run driver | The USA Print

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Óscar Nieves died at the age of 62 when he was walking and was struck by the driver of a gray SUV that fled at a crosswalk in East Harlem, Manhattan (NYC).

Nieves was crossing Third Ave. at the crosswalk at E. 122nd St., very close to his Taino Towers home, when he was struck by a car around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, New York police said.

Doctors rushed him to Harlem Hospital, where he died, he said. Daily News. He was the first of three men who were struck to death Wednesday night in NYC in a span of just four hours.

Two of the drivers involved in those three fatalities fled and have not been arrested. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

In addition to gun violence, traffic accidents are another big challenge for Mayor Eric Adams. This despite “Vision Zero” (Vision Zero), traffic safety plan created in 2014 by then-new mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to make the city safer for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists with a goal of zero deaths by 2024.

But 2022 was a disastrous year on New York asphalt in all five boroughs. From January 1 to July 31, some 150 people died in road accidents, according to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Particularly there was a 129% increase in hit and run incidents.

New York City had already experienced in April 2022 a 35% increase in traffic accidents, alerted NYPD. At the end of that month there was a tragic streak with an average of one person killed by being run over every day.

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