2 Dead After Sanitation and Concrete Trucks Hit Pedestrians in N.Y.C.

A 10-year-old boy and a 68-year-old woman were fatally struck by trucks on Tuesday in separate accidents, the third and fourth pedestrians to be killed by vehicles on New York streets in the first week of the new year, officials said.

The four pedestrian deaths were a grim start to 2020 after 123 people were killed while walking in 2019, when traffic-related deaths overall rose after having dropped for years amid a continuing push by Mayor Bill de Blasio to improve street safety.

In one of the fatalities on Tuesday, the boy and his mother, 40, were hit by a city sanitation truck in Corona, Queens, shortly before 7 a.m., the police said.

The truck was pulling out of a driveway and making a right turn onto 57th Avenue near 97th Street when it hit the woman and her son, the police said.

The victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where the boy was later pronounced dead, the police said. His mother was in critical condition, according to the police.

The driver remained at the scene and the investigation was continuing, the police said.

“We take this tragedy extremely seriously,” Dina Montes, a Sanitation Department spokeswoman, said in a statement. The agency was conducting its own inquiry, she added.

The driver was placed on “modified duty,” stripped of driving responsibilities and may face further discipline pending the investigation, Ms.

Montes said.

The second fatality happened at around noon in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, the police said. The 68-year-old woman was crossing New Utrecht Avenue in the middle of the block near 49th Street when she was hit by a concrete-mixing truck, the police said.

Video footage shot by a passer-by shows the woman, plastic bag in one hand and cane in the other, walking slowly across the avenue in front of the truck, which is waiting behind another vehicle at a red light.

The woman passes directly in front of the truck as the light changes and the truck begins to move forward, the footage shows. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the police said.

The driver of the truck, operated by the concrete supplier Ferrara Bros., remained at the scene and the investigation is continuing, the police said.

Ferrara Bros., a division of U.S. Concrete, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Like the woman in Borough Park, the two pedestrians killed this year before Tuesday were older New Yorkers.

On Jan.

1, Ok J. Kang, 74, became the first pedestrian fatality of 2020 when she was struck by a Jeep Cherokee while she crossed Northern Boulevard in front of her home near Parsons Boulevard just before 6 p.m., the police said.

The driver of the Jeep, a 43-year-old man, remained at the scene, the police said.

Two days later, at around 1 p.m., Maria Lorente, 70, was hit by a dark-colored sedan as she crossed Flatlands Avenue near East 78th Street, the police said.

She was taken to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead, the police said.

The driver of the sedan fled the scene, the police said.

Sean Piccoli contributed reporting.

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