Councilmembers Call for Charges Against Driver Who Killed Pedestrian on Kenmare Street

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am by

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The rental van driver who plowed through the north crosswalk at Elizabeth and Kenmare last month, killing an 82-year-old woman, is now under fire from the city. An arrest was not made after the incident on September 25, yet an investigation remains ongoing.

Nevertheless, Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, and Ydanis Rodriguez are now calling for charges against the motorist who made a left turn at the intersection without yielding the right-of-way to Ms. Sui Leung. It proved fatal. The trio collectively sent a letter to NYPD Transportation Chief Thomas Chan yesterday urging a collar. The 5th Precinct’s own report shows that Ms. Leung clearly had the right of way in this situation.

“If we are really serious about committing to the principles of Vision Zero in New York City, as well as clearly sending that message to all our residents, we must hold drivers fully accountable when their negligent actions result in pedestrian injuries or deaths,” wrote Council Members Chin, Mendez and Rodriguez in the attached letter. “This is about creating a true culture shift in our city regarding street safety, as well as establishing a strong standard of equal respect and justice for all who use the road, whether they are pedestrians, cyclists or drivers, and regardless of their age or level of mobility.

“We believe that failing to file charges against the driver who hit and killed Ms. Leung would deny her family justice, while also damaging our city’s commitment to Vision Zero by showing that drivers will not be held accountable for hitting and killing a pedestrian who clearly had the right of way. It would be deeply disturbing and counterproductive to our efforts to improve street safety across New York City.”

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