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Locals Demand Safety At Intersection

By John McLoughlin

Angered by the hit and run accident that left a Far Rockaway teen dead at the corner of Beach 20 street and Seagirt boulevard, locals gathered at the location over the weekend calling for safety measures to be taken immediately. The location, labeled as "accident prone" by the 101 Precinct, has been a hot spot for car accidents and injuries.

James Gordon, 16, was killed by a hit and run driver on Sunday morning, October 31. Police are still looking for the driver.

Leading a coalition calling themselves the Concerned Citizens of Far Rockaway, resident Floyd Smith brought together a group of locals for a demonstration. Residents demanded that there be an increase in police presence in the area to deter speeding and that the stoplight be changed to allow pedestrians more time to cross the street.

Councilman Noach Dear, chairman of the City Council Transportation Committee, sent a representative to the demonstration.

"I am very grateful to the Concerned Citizens of Far Rockaway for bringing the major safety problems of Beach 20 street and Seagirt boulevard to my attention," Dear said. "In the coming days, I will bring DOT officials out to this dangerous intersection so they can see first-hand safety issues that exist. Together, with the residents of this area, we will find immediate solutions that will protect and save lives."

More than 300 residents have signed a petition urging the Department of Transportation to resolve this issue.

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