It has been nearly a year-and-a-half since two preschool students in Chinatown were killed after an unoccupied van, left in reverse, jumped a sidewalk on East Broadway and plowed into a class returning from a trip to the Chatham Square Library. But for the family of those children – 4-year-old Hayley Ng and 3-year-old Diego Martinez – the emotions are still raw. That much was obvious yesterday during a news conference on the steps of City Hall.
We’ve just returned from City Hall, where State Senator Daniel Squadron and other elected officials urged Governor Paterson to sign a bill increasing penalties against careless drivers. The legislation was introduced after the tragic deaths of Hayley Ng and Diego Martinez, two children killed by a delivery van in Chinatown last year. It was an emotional news conference attended by the families of the young victims. We’ll have a full report later today.