2005-12-16 / Community

Hit And Run Victim Remembered; Traffic Safety On Seagirt Blvd.Requested

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

On Tuesday night, when Tamika Regan should have been celebrating her 18th birthday, family, friends and local leaders gathered to remember the

Two of the many mourners who attended the ceremony try to light the candles in the freezing cold weather. Two of the many mourners who attended the ceremony try to light the candles in the freezing cold weather. teenager at a memorial on Beach 17 Street and

Seagirt Boulevard close to where she was killed by a

hit and run driver on the evening of September 8. “This is the third month [without my only daughter],

and I still have no answers,” said a grieved

Ellen Regan at the candlelight vigil. Regan asked that anyone with knowledge of what

happened to her daughter to please come forward. Last month Deputy Inspector Walter Salowski, the

commanding officer of the 101 Precinct told The

Wave that the lack of forensic evidence has made

solving the crime difficult. The small ceremony was not just to remember

Tamika; it was also to bring to the public’s attention the dangerous aspects of the dark area where the

young girl was run down. Steven Jones, the Far

Rockaway laision for Councilman James Sanders, Jr., read a letter Sanders wrote to Constance Moran, the Queens Borough Commissioner of the Department of Transportation.

With Tamika’s mother by his side, Rev. Evan Gray leads a prayer. With Tamika’s mother by his side, Rev. Evan Gray leads a prayer. In the letter, Sanders requests that a study be done of the area between Beach 17 and Beach 19 Streets on Seagirt Boulevard. “This location is known as a speed zone, and has been the cause of fatalities and accidents in this area,” Jones read from the letter.

“It is imperative that you conduct a survey of this area and install traffic devices that will prevent another family from having to endure the pain of losing a loved one.”

While Ed Williams of the local NAACP and the Far Rockaway Weed and Seed co-chair conceded that Sanders’ effort was a good start, he also asked “How many studies [do we need]?”

“We don’t have red lights, we don’t have stop signs, we don’t have speed bumps,” said Williams.

Following the ceremony’s prayers and poems, petitions were circulated to get more lights on the dark street. Among those who also came to show support were representatives of the Madison Boys and Girls Club and Assemblywoman Michelle Titus’ office.

Ellen Regan, Tamika’s mother, reads a plea asking for anyone with knowledge of what happened to her daughter to come forward. Ellen Regan, Tamika’s mother, reads a plea asking for anyone with knowledge of what happened to her daughter to come forward. Candles and birthday balloons are placed at the memorial on Beach 17 Street for Tamika Regan. Following the ceremony a birthday party was held in the young girl’s honor. Candles and birthday balloons are placed at the memorial on Beach 17 Street for Tamika Regan. Following the ceremony a birthday party was held in the young girl’s honor.

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