Regional Briefs – June 16, 2015

Nearly One in 10 NYC Drivers Run Red Lights

NEW YORK – Nearly one in 10 New York City drivers sees nothing wrong in running a red light, Business Insider reported. According to a Hunter College study, of the thousands of motorists observed at 50 intersections, 283, or nine percent, ran a red light.

Elderly Man on Scooter Hurt After Colliding With Deer

LONG VALLEY, N.J. – A 70-year-old man driving his scooter on Sunday collided with a deer that darted onto the roadway, sending him to the hospital for cuts and scrapes, NJ.com reported. The man was wearing a helmet.

Taxpayers on Hook for $60K For Atlantic City Sign

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – A state agency’s decision last month to remove and then quickly replace a sign welcoming motorists to Atlantic City cost taxpayers $61,849, The Press of Atlantic City reported. Dozens of workers removed the landmark sign after it was discovered that it didn’t have proper permits.

Officials to Crush a Ton Of Ivory in Times Square

NEW YORK – A ton of confiscated ivory from poached elephants and rhinos will be crushed in Times Square Friday to draw attention to wildlife trafficking, The Associated Press reported. The Wildlife Conservation Society, who will join federal and state authorities at the event, says poaching is at its highest level in decades.

Bob Simon’s Widow Files Lawsuit Against Cabbie

NEW YORK – The widow of “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon sued the driver whose cab crashed and killed her husband in February, the New York Post reported. Francoise Simon’s suit says Simon “suffered conscious pain” before dying of his injuries at age 73. The driver had two speeding convictions and nine license revocations.

Toddler Dies After Falling Off Changing Table at Home

STATEN ISLAND – A 2-year-old girl being changed by her mother Monday morning fell tragically off the changing table at her home and died, the Staten Island Advance reported. Lilly Jurgens struck her head on the floor.