Followup: Chin Calls on NYPD to File Charges Against Driver in Fatal Crash

Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Accident on Canal Street This Morning

Section of Delancey Street To Be Co-Named For Dashane Santana August 3

Stop Signs, Pedestrian Island Coming to Delancey Street at Pitt Street

Local Resident, Aided by State Senator, Wins Safety Improvements on Delancey Street

City Plans Safety Improvements at Bowery/Delancey Intersection

Residents Call on City to Improve Safety at Delancey and Pitt Streets

Local residents say it’s time to do something about the dangerous conditions for pedestrians at the intersection of Delancey and Pitt streets.

New Traffic Light Coming to Madison and Jefferson Streets

Madison and Jackson streets.

A new traffic light is coming to the intersection of Madison and Jefferson streets.  Back in July, Community Board 3 approved a resolution asking the Department of Transportation to look at beefing up safety at this location, since a playground, Gouverneur Healthcare Services and the Educational Alliance are all nearby. State Sen. Daniel Squadron also advocated for the new light, and this month his office received word from the DOT that the request has been approved.  The job is tentatively scheduled to take place by the end of April.

 

Memorial for Dashane Santana Sprouts

Mourners have been placing candles, flowers and other memorabilia at the site where the 12-year-old was killed Friday.

The sirens and flashing lights that marked the death of 12-year-old Dashane Santana Friday afternoon have disappeared from the intersection of Delancey and Clinton streets. In their place, her loved ones have launched a makeshift memorial of flowers, candles and photos at the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, where a minivan ended her life during a routine walk home from school. Click through for more photos.

Silver Urges Delancey Street Safety Improvements

Friday, Delancey Street.

On Friday, 12-year old Dashane Santana was killed by the driver of a minivan on Delancey Street. Today State Assembly Sheldon Silver is out with a letter he wrote to Transportation Department Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan:

I am writing to you once again in the wake of a tragic death on Delancey Street. The recent accident which took the life of 1 2-year-old Dashane Santana is yet another reminder that we must act immediately to improve safety conditions for pedestrians at several dangerous intersections on Delancey Street.  As I suggested several months ago, on the heels of a report detailing the large number of vehicle accidents on Delancey, the Department of Transportation (DOT) should undertake a comprehensive safety study and recommend improvements that would enhance protections for pedestrians at several intersections. In the meantime, there are several measures that could be implemented right away for the benefit of my Lower East Side community.

Family of Accident Victim Sues City; 523 Accidents at Essex & Delancey

Woman Struck by Garbage Truck at Essex and Delancey

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

In May, we reported that a 51 year-old woman was killed after being struck by a garbage truck on Delancey Street.  Witnesses indicated that Patricia Cuevas (Crockett) was walking in the street, alongside the barrier you see pictured above, and fell down before the tragic accident occurred.  The driver was not ticketed or changed with any crime.  But now, according to today’s Daily News, the victim’s family is suing the city, the driver and the owner of the truck for $20 million.

In the same article, the News says “crossing Delancey is taking your life into your hands.”  It cites state Department of Transportation statistics indicating 523 motor vehicle accidents have occurred at the intersection of Essex and Delancey in the past decade.

NYPD, CB3 Want Delancey Street Safety Improvements

Anyone who crosses Delancey Street at Clinton on a regular basis knows it’s one of the most treacherous intersections in the neighborhood.   Several factors combine to heighten the danger, including: an absurdly short “walk” signal, a heavy volume of cars and trucks racing on and off the bridge and a growing number of bikes accessing the bridge ramp.

In the months ahead, there are going to be a few changes here. It remains to be seen what impact they’ll have on pedestrian safety.

Delancey Street Pedestrian Killed; Accident Details Emerge

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

We unfortunately have some sad news this morning about the victim of Tuesday afternoon’s traffic accident on Delancey Street.  51-year old Patricia Cuevas was rushed to Bellevue Hospital after being struck by a garbage truck, but doctors could not save her.  She had suffered severe injuries to her legs.

Also today, we have more details about the accident. According to witnesses, Cuevas was walking in the street, on the south side of Delancey, just east of Essex Street, heading towards the Williamsburg Bridge.  The witnesses said she was outside the barrier (pictured above) and fell down. The privately owned garbage truck, also heading east, could not stop in time. Cuevas became trapped under the rear wheels of the truck. As we reported Wednesday, the NYPD did not ticket or charge the driver.

Obama, Streets Safety, Liquor Reform, Walmart Warning

  • President Obama’s visit to Ground Zero today has Gotham’s media buzzing (NYT live blog, NYDN live blog, NY1)
  • The city’s transportation gurus say it’s getting safer out there for people on bikes and in cars, especially on Allen and Pike streets (press releaseAllen and Pike stats)
  • The state’s liquor authorities announce plans to revamp antiquated laws that date back to Prohibition (Riverhead News Review)
  • Walmart’s foes warn Community Board 3 to be on the lookout for the big box retailer (DNA Info)
  • A proposed hospice on Cherry Street draws a NIMBY response from neighbors (Downtown Express

New Pedestrian Safety Measures at Canal & East Broadway

In the last several days, you may have noticed, the city has made some changes to the intersection of East Broadway and Canal, alongside Seward Park.  New pylons and street markings have created a larger pedestrian area, just to the east of Essex Street. In the new configuration, cars heading west on East Broadway must make a relatively sharp turn on to Canal.