Although 39 elderly Queens pedestrians were killed in a recent three−year period, the borough was statistically safer than Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and other several other nearby counties, according to a new survey.
In numbers of elderly pedestrians killed in 2005 through 2007, Brooklyn led with 57 and Manhattan had 50, with Queens and Nassau County trailing at 39 each. They were followed by Suffolk County at 21, the Bronx at 18, Staten Island at 11 and Westchester County at eight.
The Tri−State Transportation Campaign, which issued the report “Older Pedestrians at Risk,” said the fatality rates of the elderly per 100,000 people was 8.27 for Manhattan and 6.65 for Nassau County in contrast with 4.37 for Queens.
At 4.37, the pedestrian fatality rate for Queens residents aged 65 and older was five times that of residents younger than 65. For those aged 75 years and older, the fatality rate of 4.99 was 5.7 times that of their younger neighbors.
Queens relatively safe for older pedestrians