Teen in Fatal Delancey Crossing Yesterday Identified

Posted on: January 14th, 2012 at 10:05 am by

Yesterday afternoon, a 13-year-old girl was crossing northward at the intersection of Delancey and Clinton, near the base of the Williamsburg Bridge, when a Brooklyn-bound minivan struck and killed her. The Daily News identifies her this morning as Dashane Santana.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer wasted little time in issuing a statement condemning the traffic patterns in this neck of the woods.  Saying that something needs to be done to combat the fatalities and injuries along this major artery.

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[Photo Credit: Gothamist]

Herewith, the full statement:

Tonight, New York City mourns the senseless death of a sixth grade girl who lost her life while crossing Delancey Street today. This devastating loss is only the latest in a string of tragic accidents that have occurred on Delancey – numbering into the hundreds over the past decade. In both May and August of last year, New Yorkers lost their life navigating this intersection. Between 2008 and 2010, 523 motor vehicle accidents occurred at Delancey and Essex.

The City must act now and not wait a second longer. We can no longer go about its daily business with the knowledge that one of our central intersections is irrefutably perilous.

A safety overhaul of Delaney Street is needed immediately. I have proposed increased crossing times, expanded medians, the use of pedestrian managers, and improved signage directing pedestrians to the safest crossing areas. These remain viable options for the City and would not be burdensome to implement. I once again demand immediate action to protect the safety of New Yorkers. As a city, we need to be as serious about traffic safety as we are about crime. We cannot afford to wait another day for action.

I cannot imagine the heartbreak her family must be feeling at this time and extend my deepest sympathies to her loved ones. They will be in my thoughts and prayers.

It’s also worth noting that the city just recently unveiled new upgrades to the bridge approach, all of which were focused on the cyclist population and not pedestrians.  One reader summed it up perfectly:

I hope the city is fucking happy.  They spent millions on that bunker so that Bikers don’t speed but do nothing for the tons of people killed every year on Delancey.

This is death by design, plain-and-simple.  The city prioritizes traffic flow over human lives.  you’ve got thousands of people on both sides of Delancy, many seniors and children, and the traffic agents prioritize moving vehicles over human lives.

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