Pedestrian dies in accident less than a block from Upper West Side home

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A pedestrian died after being clipped by an ambulance and subsequently hit by a sedan less than a block from her Upper West Side home Sunday, police said.
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A pedestrian died after being clipped by an ambulance and subsequently hit by a sedan less than a block from her Upper West Side home Sunday morning, police said.

Samantha Lee, 26, was crossing West 96th Street when she was clipped by the side mirror of a St. Luke’s ambulance traveling west toward West End Avenue from Broadway about 4:45 a.m.

Police said Lee then fell face-first into another lane and was hit by a sedan traveling east toward Broadway.

The drivers of both vehicles remained on the scene, police said.

Cops said the investigation is ongoing.

The intersection was the site of another recent pedestrian fatality. A 73-year-old man was crossing West 96th Street at Broadway when he was hit by a private tour bus on Jan. 10 about 8:25 p.m.  

Less than an hour later the same night, a 9-year-old boy was struck and killed about a block away. The boy was crossing West End Avenue at West 97th Street with his father when they were both hit by a taxi.  

Upper West Side Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal said in a statement that she has asked the mayor’s office to include both intersections in a Vision Zero traffic study.

“But we also need concrete public safety measures implemented immediately — which includes additional and more visible signage for pedestrians and drivers alike,” Rosenthal said in a statement.

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