Two-Car Crash Leads to Death of Driver and Pedestrian


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According to WABC, a fatal car crash left a pedestrian and a motorist dead in Long Island, New York, on Friday night.

Speed May Have Played Role in Wreck

Police say 20-year-old Stephen Rossman traveled west on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore at around 9:30 p.m. local time when the accident occurred. Rossman, speeding down the road, crashed into the rear of a Nissan Altima, causing it to spin out.

The Altima then hit a pedestrian crossing the road, reports WABC. The 45-year-old female pedestrian died at the scene of the crash. Another vehicle traveling eastbound on Jerusalem was hit by the Altima as well.

Rossman’s vehicle continued westbound after the initial collision, where he struck a dumpster and collided with a parked box truck. WABC reports that Rossman was pronounced dead at the crash site.

The driver of the Altima received treatment at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Drivers of the other vehicles involved in the accident refused medical treatment, according to WABC.

Motor Vehicle Wreck Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2015, 35,092 people died in crashes on United States roadways.
  • Pedestrian fatalities increased by 466 – or a 9.5 percent increase from 2014.
    • 5,375 pedestrians died in 2015 – the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1996.
  • Police-reported crashes increased by 3.8 percent from 6 million in 2014 to 6.3 million in 2015.
  • 70,000 pedestrians sustained injuries in traffic crashes in 2015.

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