(Christopher Robbins) In 2013, 156 pedestrians were killed on New York City streets. In the first 12 days of 2014, seven out of the ten people killed in traffic-related incidents were pedestrians struck by vehicles, an early, alarming trend for an administration that pledged to work towards bringing traffic fatalities down to "Vision Zero."

According to police data obtained by the Daily News, the 156 pedestrian fatalities in 2013 was the highest number in three years (compared with 142 and 152 in 2011 and 2012 respectively). The number of children killed by vehicles has also nearly doubled between 2011 (7) and 2013 (13). Saturday's death of 9-year-old Cooper Stock, who was killed on the Upper West Side by a cab driver, was the first child to die in traffic in 2014.

The Post has a thorough accounting of how cab drivers commit vehicular fatalities and injuries with a minimum of police scrutiny: In the past five years, 21 cabbies have killed or injured pedestrians, and only one has been charged with a crime.

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