A Brooklyn girl was fatally struck by an SUV driver whereas strolling on the sidewalk outdoors a Bay Ridge automobile dealership on Thursday.
The crash, which took the lifetime of 72-year-old Bay Ridge resident Carol Langdon, occurred on a stretch of 4th Avenue that protected streets advocates have lengthy warned poses an outsize menace to pedestrians due to autos parked on the sidewalk.
In keeping with police, Langdon was passing the Bay Ridge Volkswagen on Thursday afternoon when a 29-year-old motorist “pulled ahead to exit the sidewalk” in his new 2021 Altima, fatally placing the girl.
Langdon is the thirty third pedestrian fatality citywide this 12 months, and the fourth to die in Brooklyn this month, in keeping with Transportation Options. She was killed in a chosen Protected Streets for Seniors zone, a part of the de Blasio’s administration’s Imaginative and prescient Zero effort to maintain older pedestrians protected from drivers.
However native residents and officers stated that the Volkswagen dealership — and others alongside the stretch of 4th Avenue — have lengthy used the streets and sidewalks as their private showrooms, creating hazardous situations for pedestrians that the town has refused to deal with.
“Individuals suppose we’re exaggerating after we discuss how invasive and the way harmful it’s,” Ed Yoo, a resident who has long documented the unsafe conditions alongside 4th Avenue, informed Gothamist. “I have been standing on that sidewalk whereas there’s vehicles driving previous me. There is not any protected approach for folks to stroll.”
Calls to 311 in regards to the unlawful use of the house are promptly closed, Yoo stated.
Reached by cellphone, a supervisor on the Bay Ridge Volkswagen declined to touch upon the demise.
In response to complaints, Councilmember Justin Brannon has pushed for metropolis laws that may revoke licenses from dealerships that proceed to retailer their stock on the sidewalk.
“This was a fucking tragedy — a totally avoidable, if not predictable, tragedy,” Brannon, who represents Bay Ridge, informed Streetsblog on Friday. “The NYPD is properly conscious and has spoken to those unhealthy actors dozens of occasions.”
Advocates stated that the mayor, who has beforehand dismissed the problem of vehicles on sidewalks, was additionally answerable for not doing extra to forestall avenue deaths.
Inquiries to the Mayor’s Workplace weren’t instantly returned.