(John Del Signore) Last month a 3-year-old girl was crossing Main Street in Flushing with her grandmother when she was fatally run over by an SUV driver. Although investigators determined that victim Allison Liao and her grandmother had the right-of-way, the unnamed motorist faces no criminal charges, an all-too-common fact of life in NYC. According to Streetsblog, traffic crashes are the leading cause of injury-related death for children in NYC, and a recent WNYC study found that an average of five children between the ages of 5 and 17 are struck by NYC drivers every day.
Today, Liao's devastated parents have written a powerful essay demanding that mayor-elect Bill de Blasio take immediate action to make New York's streets safer. One of de Blasio's campaign promises was a commitment to “Vision Zero,” which aims to reduce serious injuries and traffic fatalities to zero through safe street initiatives and better enforcement.
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