Pedestrian Killed in Collision on UES

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MANHATTAN, NY – The teenaged driver of a luxury sedan struck and killed a pedestrian on the Upper East Side Wednesday night. It was the second pedestrian fatality in New York in a three-day span, ending a record-breaking two-month stretch without such an incident being recorded.

Streetsblog NYC reports that 29-year-old Justin Batten was crossing Fifth Avenue at 97th Street from the east when he was hit by an unnamed 18-year-old motorist driving a BMW sedan. Batten, who lived nearby, was taken to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center for emergency treatment, where he was pronounced dead. The driver stayed on the scene and cooperated with police.

Batten was the 30th pedestrian killed on New York streets in 2020.

The area around which the accident occurred is known to be particularly dangerous, as drivers are known to speed on the roadway adjacent to Central Park. In 2019, 11 crashes were recorded in the four blocks surrounding the accident site.

New York has been plagued by pedestrian accidents over the last several years, even as the Mayor’s office has pursued initiatives to reduce injuries and fatalities. While pedestrian accidents are down in 2020 relative to years past, due to the stay-at-home orders issued to stop the spread of coronavirus, they are still to common an occurrence. And while the number of collisions has dropped, the fatality rate per mile driven has actually gone up.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a motorist while walking in New York City, then you may be entitled to financial compensation for your current medical bills, your lost wages, and your future medical expenses. Finz & Finz, P.C., would like to help. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced New York Pedestrian accident attorneys about your case.