A 64-year-old man who was reportedly walking with a cane in New York was hit and killed by a cab in a tragic accident on July 7.
According to news reports and witnesses who saw the crash, the man was at the corner of West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard when he was hit by the cab. The impact was so violent that it tossed the elderly man into the air. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident happened right around 1:00 p.m., per the local police. They said that the cab driver was 71 years old. The accident also involved a second vehicle with a 27-year-old driver.
The cab driver and the second driver both suffered injuries in the accident, though they survived. Emergency crews took them over to Harlem Hospital for treatment.
Perhaps shedding some light on the reasons for the accident, those living in the area claimed that they consider that intersection to be very dangerous because it is so busy. Some also suggested that speed plays a role in the risk, suggesting that the city put in speed bumps to slow cars down.
"Someone's always getting hit there," one man said. "Same exact place."
There are always risks when walking, biking or driving around other traffic. It's impossible to avoid them all, no matter how hard you work to stay safe. All it takes is one mistake made by another driver -- speeding, running a red light, distracted driving, etc.
If you do wind up getting injured in such an accident, make sure you know what legal options you have to seek out financial compensation.