People in dark clothing have NO idea how invisible they are to someone in a car. Esp. in NYC, where few people drive, we think of the streets as being "well lit" (and they are--but...you're wearing black), pedestrians impinge on the roadway all the time, and everybody wears black.
I didn't realize it until *I* was driving in NYC.
When I was active duty military living in Phoenix, Arizona - the base was way out in a rural area (surrounded by farms on 80% of the boundaries - small area with a bar, a gas station, and base housing along one area and an "estate" owned by an heiress a mile or so south of the base.
The police found a body of a woman dressed all in black one morning - she'd apparently tried walking home from the bar to the trailer park down the highway a mile or so, and had tried to walk on the road in her high heels instead of the gravel shoulder.
The area was NOT well lit after you left the small enclave of businesses right up against the base perimeter fence and got into the stretch of farmland between the businesses and the trailer park.
I don't remember if they ever found out who might have run into her between two am (when the bars closed) and a couple of hours later (based on when she died) - there were also a few deer, dogs, coyotes, and the like roaming around - so whoever did hit her probably thought it was a black dog and not a human...because they never saw her (no flashlight, no reflective belt, vest, or jacket).
It wasn't that far from an observatory, come to think of it....really, really DARK between sunset & dawn, once the very few businesses closed down. (A bar, a Pizza Hut, two gas stations, and one car repair parts place, if I recall correctly).