A 33-year-old woman was hit and knocked unconscious by an SUV driver at 71st Street and West End Avenue on Tuesday morning.
EMS was called at 7:49 a.m. and told the woman was unconscious, according to an FDNY spokesman.
She was taken to NY Cornell Hospital on 68th Street and York. It appeared to be “serious but non life threatening,” the spokesman said. An NYPD spokesman said the woman suffered a leg injury and fell on the back of her head but the injuries did not appear to be serious. He did not have information on her being unconscious.
The SUV was traveling westbound on 71st Street when the driver made a left to turn South on West End Avenue, according to the NYPD spokesman. The pedestrian was crossing the street in the intersection but the driver “didn’t see them,” the spokesman said. It’s not clear if the woman was crossing with the light, the spokesman said. (Presumably the pedestrian would have had the green light if the SUV did.) The SUV remained on scene and the crash remains under investigation.
The woman who took the photo above came upon the crash scene just afterwards.
“She was on her side on the street. Didn’t appear like she could get up but I didn’t want to stare. The car had Jersey plates and was making a left turn when hit the pedestrian. That street is a decline and drivers pick up lots of speed before they make that turn. I live right there and cross it every day…very scary. (You may recall about a year ago a car was racing down west 71 and flipped over.). It is a very popular cross street for trucks and commuters.”
A bicyclist was also hit and injured on that block in 2015. The witness says she has tried to get the Department of Transportation, NYPD and Councilmember Helen Rosenthal to address the intersection, but has not had any luck.