Haste costs lives on the Upper West Side

New Yorkers want to get wherever they are going at maximum speed regardless of the risk involved. This is the city where the word “wait” has become an objectionable four letter word. We have more to accomplish in a shorter period of time than any other civilization since the Pharaohs built their pyramids. Make sure to talk to a qualified personal injury attorney in Brooklyn if you have any questions or concerns regarding the accident and next legal steps to take.

However, in our haste to save a minute here or a minute there, we put our lives at risk. A doctor was the third person killed in the beginning of the year on the Upper West Side on 96th Street in Manhattan. The tragedy occurred on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Columbia University Medical Center anesthesiology resident Samantha Lee, 26, was hit by an ambulance‘s mirror in front of her apartment building on 96th Street between Broadway and West End Avenue. Police reported that Lee was crossing the street around the middle of the block at 4:45 AM and was hit by the driver’s side mirror of an ambulance from the St. Luke’s Hospital that was westbound. The physician fell and landed face down on the eastbound lanes. She was subsequently run over by a red 4 Dodge Charger, according to officials. The young woman was declared dead at the scene and neither driver was charged.

Another death in the area occurred on January 10, 2014, when a nine year old boy named Cooper Stock was hit by a taxi on West End Avenue and 97th Street while he was crossing the street with his father. There were no criminal charges filed against the driver but he was issued a summons. The tragedy occurred only minutes after another horrific accident that saw Alexander Shear dragged to his death by a tour bus on 96th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Samantha Lee grew up in Sunnyvale, California. She had graduated this past June from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, according to hospital and school officials. Her undergraduate work was done at the University of California, Berkeley and she was said to be an outstanding student who had plenty of warmth and compassion for her patients and the school community.

The recent deaths at the 96th Street and Broadway area have caused the NYPD to step up enforcement of jaywalking laws. A resident of Lee’s building, 65 year old George Engel, reported that he had recently jaywalked in the same area where Lee lost her life. He stated that the light does not work properly and that people are frustrated as a result. He also said that he crossed in the middle of the street so that he wouldn’t have to wait for an extended amount of time at the “don’t walk” sign. He said he would think twice after knowing that one of his neighbors was killed doing that.

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