Dashane Santana Memorialized on Delancey Street 6 Years After Her Death
Next month marks six years from the date 12-year-old Dashane Santana was struck and killed in the Delancey Street crosswalk at the intersection of Clinton.
To honor her memory, family members created a makeshift memorial in the pedestrian plaza at the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge. There are electric candles, photos, and letters to Dashane.
As often happens, her tragic death was essentially the tipping point that spurred the Department of Transportation to once again address traffic safety concerns along this clogged corridor. Most notably, increasing the crossing time in this crosswalk and expanding the sidewalk further into the roadway.
In any event, Dashane Santana’s name lives on as a constant reminder of the perils of Delancey Street, thanks to a street co-naming in 2015.