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FROM THE ARCHIVES: 400 Expected to Die in Car Crashes This Weekend, Same as in 1959

Friday, August 29, 2014

WNYC
The same number of people will die on the roads this weekend as in 1959.  And that's progress.
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WNYC News

Suspect Sought in Crash that Killed Parents

Monday, March 04, 2013

Police have identified a suspect being sought in the hit-and-run deaths of a pregnant woman and her husband whose baby died on Monday, a day after the Brooklyn car crash.

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WNYC News

Boy, 6, Killed Crossing the Street in Harlem

Thursday, February 28, 2013

A 6-year-old boy was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning just blocks from his East Harlem home.

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Transportation Nation

Gruesome NYC Crash Sparks Calls for Safety on Deadly Stretch of Road

Monday, April 30, 2012

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior (Photo by Matthew Schuerman - WNYC)

(New York, NY - WNYC) Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior is calling for a thorough safety inspection of the overpass on the stretch of the Bronx River Parkway in NYC where a crash killed seven on Sunday.

Three generations of the same family, including three kids, were killed on Sunday when an SUV leapt a guardrail on the Parkway and plunged into a ravine in the Bronx Zoo below.

Several accidents have occurred on that stretch of parkway, including one last summer in which two were injured, and another fatal crash in 2006.

Diaz wants the investigation to include the parkway’s guardrails. He also stressed that the road surface should be better maintained.

"Why is it if the rest if the parkway is always smooth, in the elevated portions there's always potholes," he asked. "There are joiners in the elevated section and it's always a problem to get over them, there's always something wrong with the roadway."

A spokesman for the American Automobile Association's New York City affiliate also expressed concerns about a number of issues on the parkway, such as narrow lanes, steep hills, tight turns, no breakdown lane and inadequate guardrais.

AAA’s Robert Sinclair said the Bronx River Parkway was opened in 1925 and lacks modern engineering features.

William P. Reynolds, a spokesman for the New York State Department of Transportation,  said an investigation is ongoing. "We are working closely with all agencies involved to determine the cause of this tragic accident," he said.

The NYPD said at a briefing Monday that Maria Gonzalez was driving at 68 m.p.h.when she bumped the concrete highway divider and damaged a tire. Police say she was likely going with the flow of traffic, which is often faster than the posted 50 miles per hour speed limit.

The city medical examiner said all seven passengers died of blunt force trauma to the head. The deaths have been ruled accidental. Toxicology reports won't be ready for several weeks.

Diaz said Juan Gonzalez, husband of the woman who was driving the SUV and father of one of the girls in the vehicle was, “devastated.”

"He's distraught." Diaz said of Gonzalez. "In the Bronx and as New Yorkers, we are crying and mourning for this family. Three generations is really tough to lose and we should make sure that this never happens again."

Relatives said they're wracked with grief and shock. A wake is planned for Thursday.

With the Associated Press

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WNYC News

Bronx BP Diaz Calls For Safety Probe in Wake of Parkway Crash

Monday, April 30, 2012

WNYC

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Junior is calling for a thorough safety inspection of the overpass on a stretch of the Bronx River Parkway where a crash killed seven on Sunday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bump-and-Run Q&A

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Have you ever hit a parked car?  Or been on the receiving end?  What did you do – and what does the law say you should do?

In light of State Senator Schneiderman’s fender-bender-hit-and-run, we want to hear your stories.  Attorney Jeffrey Levine also joins to answer your traffic law questions.  

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WNYC News

NYC Streets: Pedestrian Friendly Or Deadly?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group, is recommending City Hall do a better job of enforcing city traffic laws that protect pedestrians. Wiley Norvell, the group's spokesman, says not enough is done to punish reckless drivers.

Norvell says he wants to see more resources dedicated to safer traffic control, ...

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