‘Justice March’ For Boy Killed By SUV
The Far Rockaway NAACP and the family of a 14-year-old boy who was recently killed by an SUV while riding his bike on Shore Front Parkway will stage a “march for justice” Saturday afternoon, November 19, The Wave has learned.
Organizers are calling for marchers to assemble near C-Town, located inside the Dayton Beach Shopping Plaza on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, at 1 p.m., according to fliers distributed in the community. The marchers will go to Beach 90 Street, head south to Shore Front Parkway and then proceed east and continue to Beach 77 Street.
The procession will cover much of a 20-block stretch that has no traffic signals. The area was the site of a fatal drag racing accident earlier this year and has seen uncounted near misses. The Department of Transportation launched a traffic study there and has equipment in place to see if traffic lights are warranted. A conclusion is expected soon, a spokesperson previously indicated.
The marchers will stop for a prayer vigil at the site where on September 25 Andre Anderson, 14, was struck and killed by an SUV while riding his bike on Shore Front Parkway.
The driver, a 23-year-old Rockaway Beach resident, tried to pass Anderson on his right, but Anderson swerved into the right hand lane, according to the accident report, which was provided by Anderson’s devastated parents. The driver tried to counter left but struck Anderson, who suffered massive head trauma and bleeding. His bike was broken into two pieces.
Anderson was brought to Peninsula Hospital Center where he later died.
The driver was not charged with any crime and was not issued a summons. An official NYPD statement said there was “no criminality in this incident.” Anderson’s parents, however, immediately took issue with the official account of what happened.
“How can you hit someone from behind, kill him and there’s no criminality in your actions?” Anderson’s mother, Audrey, asked The Wave this week. “We want the community to know that this guy is walking around a free man.”
Anderson’s father, Clive, wondered why the driver of the SUV didn’t yield to his son. “You only overtake [someone] when it’s safe to do so,” he said.
The Anderson’s, who live on Beach 47 Street, said Andre – a wizard with electrical wiring who built bikes for other children out of scrap pieces he found and restored – was an engineering student at Transit Tech in East New York. “This was a kid who could have made differences in the world,” his mother said.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Anderson family are not the only ones in the fight for lights on Shore Front Parkway. City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer have circulated petitions. Democratic District Lew M. Simon is planning another
demonstration at Beach 84 Street and Shore Front Parkway at noon on Sunday, November 27, he said.