Two people were killed in separate car crashes on Friday just two blocks away from each other.
The first crash occurred around 8:20 p.m. when a 73-year-old man was hit by a tour bus and dragged down 96th street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, the Daily News reported. The driver later said he had not seen the man, according to the newspaper.
“But the bus driver apparently never saw the victim and kept going, dragging the helpless pedestrian down W. 96th St. until witnesses forced him to stop near Amsterdam Ave., witnesses said.”
The second crash happened just 20 to 30 minutes later as a man was walking with his nine-year-old son at 97th street and West End Avenue. A cab hit them, killing the boy and injuring the father. The New York Post is identifying the boy as Cooper Stock and his father as Richard Stock.
“Two passengers in a passing vehicle stopped to help the child and calm his father, witnesses said.
Lassi said one of the Good Samaritans called 911 and reported that the boy was still breathing.
But by the time paramedics arrived Cooper ‘looked lifeless’ and ‘had blood all over his face,’ a neighbor said.”
The boy was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital.
The Post says that police did not immediately suspect criminality in either case, implying that the drivers might not be charged.
Multiple readers tell us the intersection at 97th and West End is particularly dangerous. One nearby resident wrote:
“A couple of months ago, my neighbor wound up on the hood of a car at the corner of 97th and WEA. Tonight, a little kid and his father, also from my building, got seriously injured. In both cases, they crossed WEA on starting from the SE corner of 97th and WEA. Cars whip around that corner trying to beat the light. Someone needs to fix this. It’s a pedestrian nightmare. When I said that to one of the cops at the scene of the accident, he said, ‘There’s a light there'”
Community Board 7 has been studying safety improvements around 96th street.
Photo of 97th street scene by Ali Accarino.