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74-year-old woman fatally struck in Queens is 1st pedestrian death of 2020

Posted at 9:37 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 08:35:24-05

FLUSHING, Queens — A 74-year-old woman died Wednesday after being struck by a car as she crossed Northern Boulevard in Queens, officials said.

The fatal New Year's Day collision is now the first pedestrian death of the year.

Police said it happened just before 6 p.m. and that the woman was rushed to a nearby hospital, but her injuries were too severe to overcome.

The victim has been identified as Ok Kang by the NYPD.

Police said the driver remained on scene.

Yellow police tape cordoned off the area as NYPD accident reconstruction teams tried to piece together what happened.

The city is opening the year much like it closed it, with a pedestrian death. On New Year’s Eve in East Harlem, a man was killed as he crossed mid-block just east of Madison on 125th street. The driver in that incident also stayed on scene.

Just before Christmas, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a holiday crackdown to try to prevent traffic-related fatalities.

There were at least 118 pedestrian deaths in 2019. The last two weeks of December saw a spate of nine deaths: people killed by trucks, cars and even sanitation vehicles.

”This year, you’re going to see more pedestrian head starts at key intersections,” said de Blasio ”You’re going to see traffic lights retimed in certain areas to reduce speeding.”

The de Blasio administration has put a focus on their Vision Zero program, which aims to end traffic-related deaths.

Last fall, the city council and de Blasio agreed on an additional $1.7 billion in pedestrian safety and biking improvements.