By Joy Bergmann
At 7:15 a.m. Thursday, an 85-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a Jeep at the intersection of West End Avenue and 70th Street, according to Capt. Timothy Malin from the NYPD’s 20th Precinct. The woman, later identified as Olimpia Davidovici, died at the hospital.
Initial witness reports – confirmed by video evidence – show that the woman was walking east in the crosswalk, but was crossing against the light, Malin said. The Jeep was traveling northbound on West End Avenue, officers on the scene said.
The driver remained on the scene and is cooperating with police. Investigators are looking into whether the driver was speeding at the time of the crash.
Passersby gasped when they heard the news.
The area around 71st and 70th is always precarious, one local woman said, “Cars coming down 71st turning south onto West End, they gun it to beat the light. And all the trucks that work around here. They don’t live around here and they’re in a hurry to get to work.”
A man who lives in nearby Lincoln Towers noted that the crosswalks had been widened recently, but that driver vigilance is not satisfactory, “Especially the people making left turns.”
This post has been updated with the name and age of the deceased, which was not initially available.