87-Year-Old Pedestrian Dies After Grand Street Accident Earlier This Month

Grand Street near Columbia Street; March 7, 2017.

Grand Street near Columbia Street; March 7, 2017.

Police report that a elderly man who was struck by an SUV on Grand Street earlier this month has died from his injuries.

According to the Daily News, the 87-year-old man, who has not been named by police, died at Bellevue Hospital March 25. The man was hit by a cab driver in a 2014 Nissan Suburban at about 6:40 p.m. March 7.

The day after the accident, cops told us the victim was jaywalking — crossing in the middle of the block between East Broadway and Columbia Street. The driver stayed at the scene and was not charged with any crime.

Shortly after the Grand Street accident, Streetsblog made the case that city officials are all-too-willing to blame seniors for accidents instead of making neighborhoods safer for pedestrians:

Streets designed to slow motor vehicle traffic and consistent enforcement of the most dangerous moving violations are key to a safe walking environment. Yet NYPD and the press routinely point fingers at seniors who are injured and killed by motorists. “We don’t believe victim-blaming is acceptable for any age group,” said (Transportation Alternatives Policy and Research Manager Julia) Kite, “but we see a lot of it for seniors in particular — as if getting older, losing a degree of mobility, or having a slower reaction time somehow makes a pedestrian at fault for the actions of a reckless driver.”

You can read the whole article here.

Time to Celebrate: Crosswalk Comes to Clinton Street

clinton street ribbon cutting

Officials of the Department of Transportation and local elected officials came to the Lower East Side this afternoon to celebrate the installation of a new crosswalk and signal on Clinton Street, between East Broadway and Grand streets.

Last year, the city installed a new two-way bike lane on the west side of Clinton Street, but had not yet acted on local pleas for additional pedestrian safety measures. During a press event on the block this past September, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg announced plans to add the crosswalk. Cantankerous residents badgered her about the issue nonetheless — for good measure.

Luis Sanchez, DOT’s Lower Manhattan Commissioner, cut the ribbon today along with State Sen. Daniel Squadron, City Council member Margaret Chin, Karen Blatt of Community Board 3, Daisy Paez of the Grand Street Guild tenant association and Willie Lozada of the Seward Park Co-op.

City Will Install Cross-Walk, Signal on Clinton Street, Near Seward Park Co-op

Clinton Street between East Broadway and Grand Street. December 2015.

Clinton Street between East Broadway and Grand Street. December 2015.

The city’s Department of Transportation announced today’s it’s adding a mid-block crosswalk and signal on Clinton Street between East Broadway and Grand Street.

Residents have complained about safety in the area for years. Cars come racing up Grand Street on their way to the Williamsburg Bridge, while pedestrians living in the Seward Park Co-op and shoppers visiting the Fine Fare Supermarket routinely cross in the middle of the block. Over the summer, the city installed a protected two-way bike lane and established a new parking lane. After the changes were made, complaints increased.

During a media event on Clinton Street in September, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg committed to the crosswalk. More details from a news release put out a short time ago:

The DOT joined Frank Durant, General Manager of Seward Park Co-op, and representatives from local elected officials on a walk-through of the block in September, to discuss and observe pedestrian and traffic issues. Following a study of the block that included counts of pedestrians and vehicles, vehicle speeds, crash history, amongst other factors, DOT approved a midblock crosswalk and a signal. Implementation will take place this spring.

Local elected officials praised the decision. There had been some concern that a traffic signal would not be part of the plan, but the city decided to include it in the safety improvements.

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