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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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