TRUCK SLAMS INTO PEDESTRIAN ON 70TH NEAR ‘BOWTIE OF DEATH’

A pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash on 70th street and Amsterdam Avenue around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, and was rushed to St. Luke’s Hospital. We got the photo above from Mel Wymore, who arrived just after the crash and said it looked “pretty bad.”

FDNY tells us the man who was hit was “non-responsive” when they got there after receiving a call at 3:28 p.m. An NYPD spokesman said they had no information on the crash, and normally don’t have info when a crash is “non-fatal.” NYPD has been criticized for doing too little investigating when vehicles hit pedestrians or bicyclists.

The crash occurred around the infamous “Bowtie of Death” where Broadway and Amsterdam intersect just below 72nd Street. The Department of Transportation redesigned the intersection about a year and a half ago, and it appears safer to me, but I’ve heard complaints about the new design (often having to do with traffic0. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    1. em says:

      That is so scary! I hate that intersection. I think it is horribly dangerous and I do everything I can to keep from having to cross the street in that area. I hope the pedestrian pulls through!

    2. Bonnie says:

      I hope this wasn’t the case but everyday I see people who walk across the street against the light. If they are looking at their phone and see others crossing I don’t think they even realize that they are in the line of oncoming traffic.

    3. Steven Barall says:

      The fact is that the police do not investigate pedestrian or cyclist accidents at all unless there is a death at the scene or the paramedics tell the police that the victim will defiantly die very soon. It’s disgraceful.

      The driver of the car can be drunk, stoned, unlicensed, have a suspended licence or any combination of the four and unless the victim is dead the police will not do anything about it. No breathalizer, no nothing. Disgraceful.

      I think that intersection is safer now with the new crosswalks and count down walk lights.