A For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) passenger in Bed-Stuy suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a reckless driver on Nov. 30. The 32-year-old woman was in the backseat of the FHV shortly after midnight when it was T-boned by the 22-year-old driver of a Dodge Charger at the intersection of Bedford and Dekalb Avenue.
Security camera footage showed the black and white Charger – which featured a Scream logo and dagger – speeding through a red light before impact, sending the FHV careening onto the sidewalk in front of a deli. The woman was ejected from the vehicle on impact, and suffered life-threatening injuries, police said. She remained in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital in early Dec. Neither of the drivers were seriously injured, police said.
An NYPD spokesperson said the Dodge Charger driver was not arrested at the scene, but that an investigation was ongoing. Reports of drag racing and speeding have surged since the start of the coronavirus crisis, a trend that some have attributed to the lack of traffic on city streets at the beginning of the lockdown.
There have been 224 traffic fatalities in 2020, a 15% jump from the same time last year, according to the DOT. An uptick in “serial speeders” is being blamed for the growing rate of traffic fatalities. The death rate is on track to be among the highest totals since Mayor de Blasio launched Vision Zero six years ago.