Washington Heights, NY – Julio Plaza Killed in Collision at West 161 Street and BroadwayNY/NJ Legal News
Washington Heights, NY (October 25, 2023) – An older man lost his life in a pedestrian accident in Washington Heights, police said. The wreck took place just before 7:00 a.m. on the morning of October 19.
Responders were dispatched to the crash site shortly after it happened on West 161st Street near Broadway. Plaza was found unresponsive at the crash site with apparent trauma to his head and body. He was rushed by paramedics to NYC Health and Hospitals/Harlem where he later died.
Police investigated and discovered that a 27-year-old man operating a Dodge Charger headed south on Broadway was traveling at high rates of speed when he attempted to cross through the intersection with West 161st Street.
Plaza was crossing in the crosswalk on the walk signal when the collision occurred, according to reports. The driver remained at the scene, cooperated with police, and sustained no injuries.
Authorities in Washington Heights continue to investigate.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of Julio Plaza at this time.
New York Pedestrian Crashes
Pedestrian collisions can be totally devastating for those who are hurt in them, as well as the family members of injured victims. Regrettably, pedestrians usually suffer injuries that are catastrophic in nature when they are hit by cars. Each year, tens of thousands of pedestrian crashes occur across the nation that take the lives of more than 5,000 people. In the Empire State, more than 6,000 pedestrian wrecks are reported annually that end the lives of around 300 people. Even more sustain serious injuries in these crashes each year.
Unfortunately, most pedestrian collisions take place due to the negligent actions of drivers. Yearly, over 2 million people are severely injured in traffic accidents in the United States. These crashes send victims to the hospital with painful and even debilitating injuries where they must undergo medical care that can be difficult and overwhelming to endure, not to mention costly. The most alarming fact related to pedestrian crashes in the United States, and crashes of all kinds, is that over 93% can be attributed to negligent driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association.
Losing a loved one in a pedestrian crash caused by a reckless, careless, or negligent person can be totally overwhelming and devastating. You are most likely grieving the loss of your family member while you worry about how you will financially recover. You should talk to a wrongful death lawyer in Washington Heights from Metro Law as soon as you can to learn about your legal rights as the surviving family member of a deceased crash victim.
At Metro Law, it is our main goal to help you and your loved ones get the funds necessary to pay for funeral costs, lost wages, and any other damages you may be dealing with in relation to the untimely passing of your loved one. You do not deserve to go broke paying for these expenses. Even intangible damages like pain, suffering, loss of life enjoyment, and more are eligible for compensation when you work with a skilled lawyer. Call our law office at (800) 469-6476 to speak with an attorney about your legal rights.