2009-05-22 / Letters

Enough Is Enough

Dear Editor,

Cross Bay Boulevard has claimed another victim and this time it was a pedestrian. A speeding car has claimed another life and we must stop any future carnage by installing staggered traffic signals from the Joseph P. Addabbo bridge (North Channel bridge) to East 4th Road in Broad Channel, going South and from East 4th Road to the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge, going North on Cross Bay Boulevard, to be at least the equivalent of two blocks apart. We need barriers between the path and the street to protect those who use the path from oncoming vehicles.

In 2006 a beautiful running and bike path was created along the length of the National Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a distance of a little less than two miles, along Cross Bay Boulevard. It is blacktopped and divided into two lanes by a yellow line. This replaced the overgrown sidewalk that was an eyesore. The path is between the street [Cross Bay Boulevard] going South, and the grounds of the Wildlife Sanctuary.

People are coming from Rockaway, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, and various parts of New York City to use this path for running, walking, biking, dog walking, or to stop and enjoy the natural surroundings daily and the number of people using it increases on weekends. An "attractive nuisance" has been created, instead of a safe path, in that we have created something beautiful which has attracted people, but we have not protected the people we attracted from harm since there are no guardrails or any sort of separation between the path and oncoming traffic other than the six inch curb which had separated the sidewalk from the street in the past, and there are no traffic signals to slow the speeders.

On April 16, 2009, at 5 p.m. on a sunny day, Joanne Kodetsky Wiseman, of 332 Cross Bay Boulevard, was killed while walking her dog on the wildlife path. A speeding car, whose driver lost control of the vehicle while traveling south on Cross Bay Boulevard, rolled over sideways and jumped the curb onto the path and into Joanne and her dog, killing them instantly. Joanne was completely innocent and had done nothing to cause this tragedy. The male driver survived and his female passenger was seriously injured. He had been drinking, but not enough to be arrested. The driver was able to speed because there were no traffic signals to slow him down. There were no guardrails to prevent the car from jumping the curb and killing an innocent victim.

Every year the above named section of Cross Bay Boulevard claims at least one life because of speeding and cars losing control. Every year there are drag races along that route going in both directions which often end in serious injury or death. Many of the drivers are drinking and driving too fast causing injury or death to themselves and others. There are memorials every 300 feet in both directions for the dead who have been lost along that route. Enough is enough!!!!!!! This carnage must stop now!!!!!!!! We need traffic signals along Cross Bay Boulevard along the path! We need barriers! Help keep us safe.

Please sign the petition which is going to our Mayor, Mike Bloomberg, our Councilman, Urlich, our Governor, Patterson, our congressman, Anthony Weiner and the media. Together we can do it!

CHRISTINA HALL

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