Fatality Renews Call for LES Pedestrian Protection

The intersection at Delancey and Essex streets is growing in notoriety for pedestrian deaths.

The May 10 accident in which a garbage truck killed a female pedestrian on Delancey Street near Essex has re-ignited the push for pedestrian protection measures near that intersection.

Yesterday, the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives engaged the help of Councilwoman Margaret Chin and state Sen. Daniel Squadron in calling on DOT to fix the dangerous crossing, which was also the site of an April 12, 2010 fatality. Just two weeks later, community activist Harry Weider was killed crossing Essex Street just a block north.

More on Fatal Accident at Delancey and Essex

Lower East Side resident, and journalist, Jennifer Strom sent us this report after learning a pedestrian was hit on Delancey Street (at Essex St.) early this morning:

photo by Jennifer Strom

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car crossing Delancey Street at the Essex Street intersection overnight, creating a gruesome scene that greeted commuters, school children and cyclists as the work week began.

Though a crossing guard and witnesses said the accident occurred around 4 a.m., the body remained in the middle of the street in the westbound lanes of Delancey until 8 a.m., when the NYC Medical Examiner’s transport van finally arrived.