A Newsday investigation, which included analyzing 569 reports of accidents on Hempstead Turnpike, obtained from Nassau County and Hempstead Village police through the Freedom of Information Law, revealed:
Pedestrians crossing at intersections are in significant danger. More than half of the incidents examined occurred at intersections, and walkers were struck far more often by drivers turning left than turning right.
Nearly half of all pedestrians struck were hit in stretches away from intersections or crosswalks. Seventy percent of the pedestrians killed from 2005 through 2010 were not at intersections.
Elmont, Franklin Square and Hempstead Village have intersections with the highest number of pedestrian hits. On one stretch of less than 2 miles in Hempstead Village, there were 76 pedestrian strikes, including three that were fatal.
Hempstead Turnpike, compared to Sunrise Highway, Hillside Avenue, Jericho Turnpike and Northern Boulevard, has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities per vehicle-miles-traveled, or VMT, a statistic that takes traffic volume into account.