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Father, Daughter Hit on 108th St.

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments
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One of Edge of the City’s readers has contacted me about what she describes as “an horrific accident” that occurred last night at 108th and 66th Streets, across from Temple Beth Gavriel. This person says a father and his daughter were both hit by a car there while trying to cross. She says both were injured, but the last she heard they had survived.

“108th is notorious for speeders – something needs to be done or somebody will be killed for certain,” the reader told me. “What can we do, Drake?  We need to formulate a letter of sorts (to whom, I’m unsure) suggesting perhaps that the lights be timed so that it stops speeding?  That’s one idea I had.  Perhaps a camera to take photos of the speeders?”

As readers of this blog know, I have long been pushing for more time to get across Queens Blvd. (I honestly don’t know how the elderly can make it across as it is set up now, with just about 40 seconds to cross.) Now I’m hearing about these types of tragedies occurring on other streets in our neighborhood.

It’s so tragic because it really is so easily preventable if only the powers that be stopped favoring motorists over pedestrians. After all, a ton of us here in the City don’t even own a car and our feet are what we use to get around.

  1. JP
    September 30, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Im my experience I have seen a greater number of people brazenly jaywalking across Queens Blvd and 108 then seeing people speed through lights.

    • September 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM

      Is that from your point of view behind the wheel or in the fresh air enjoyed by pedestrians?

  2. JP
    September 30, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Both, too many times I have shook my head watching a pedestrian walking into oncoming traffic only to have a car swerve or blare the horn to have person jump back. Not saying there isn’t a speening issue, however, any time a person is hit you need to know the full circumstances. Next time your at the light on Union and Queens Blvd, count how many people cross the side of the street with the giant “cross on the other side, people have died” signs.

  3. JEFFinFHs
    October 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    I both walk and drive across QB several times a week – go out and watch for yourself; there are way more jay-walkers and people crossing against the light than cars speeding up to make the light. Yes, of course there are speeders…..but theres an enormous number of people racing the lights.

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