Bike/Ped Advocates Want Zero Tolerance on Street Safety

Mary Beth Kelly's husband was killed by a tow truck while bike riding.

Mary Beth Kelly and her husband were riding their bikes along the Hudson River greenway bike in 2006 when an NYPD tow truck turned into their path, striking her husband, Dr. Carl Henry Nacht, who died three days later of his injuries.

Five years later, Kelly remains appalled at how little progress New York City has made at preventing tragedies like hers. At a press conference at the corner of Essex and Delancey streets yesterday, Kelly joined leaders from Transportation Alternatives and The Drum Major Institute for Public Policy to demand the city’s government step up its efforts to prevent the deaths of cyclists and pedestrians, one of which occurs, on average, every 35 hours.

Family Remembers Hector Vera, Pedestrian Killed on Delancey Street

Hector Vera celebrated a niece’s birthday at a family party at El Nuevo Amanecer on the Lower East Side in 2005. Photo courtesy of Barbara Perez.

The following story is reported by journalist and Lower East Side resident Jennifer Strom:

To the many strangers passing through the intersection of Delancey and Essex streets on the morning of April 12, Hector Luis Vera was a spectacle of police lights and crowds, a rush-hour clog on a main commuter artery into the city, a body mostly covered by a sheet, drawing sidewalk gawkers.

Followup: Fatal Delancey Accident

Photo by Jennifer Strom

We have a followup on the deadly accident on Delancey Street early Monday morning. As previously reported, a pedestrian was struck by a car near the intersection of Delancey and Essex, around 4am. Because the body was not removed for several hours, the gruesome scene greeted people on their way to work and caused traffic problems near the Williamsburg Bridge. Later in the day, several elected officials issued a statement calling on the city to make safety improvements at the intersection, one of the city’s most dangerous.

Elected Officials Urge Safety Improvements on Delancey

Photo by Jennifer Strom

An update on yesterday’s fatal accident on Delancey Street. As we reported (here and here), a pedestrian was struck and killed around 4am as he was crossing the street (near Essex). The body was not moved for several hours, creating a gruesome scene during the morning rush hour.  Now our elected officials are speaking out about the pedestrian dangers on Delancey. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Daniel Squadron and City Councilmember Margaret Chin released the following statement: