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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Danger at Exit 13
Safety fixes sought at site of two pedestrian accidents
Christina Daly/Herald
Two pedestrians have been struck in the past three months at the entrance to the Southern State Parkway at North Central Avenue.

Two accidents involving pedestrians in recent months at a Southern State Parkway exit have prompted calls for drastic changes to the design of the interchange.

State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) wrote to the state Department of Transportation asking for safety improvements at Exit 13, which serves Central Avenue and Linden Boulevard. “I realize that intersection was an accident waiting to happen,” Solages told the Herald, “and unfortunately, it did happen.”

On the evening of Dec. 3, 14-year-old Mohamed Tarek, a student at Elmont High School, was struck by a car driven by an unlicensed driver at the eastbound entrance ramp. Police said that the driver was attempting to enter the eastbound lanes of the parkway from North Central Avenue.

Since the accident, Tarek has remained hospitalized in critical condition. He has undergone six brain surgeries over the past three months, and is out of a coma but is nonresponsive. “Basically, his life has changed forever,” Solages said. “It really drove me to start fighting for a total redesign of that area. It’s not safe for pedestrians and it’s not safe for vehicles as well.”

On Jan. 29, just before midnight, 28-year-old Danalee Daley was struck at the same location in a hit-and-run accident. She was taken to the hospital and treated for head trauma, and was also left in critical condition.

In response, the State Department of Transportation, which maintains the parkway, has agreed that it will conduct a study of Exit 13. “Safety is NYSDOT’s top priority, and we are committed to maintaining safe roadways for all users,” said spokesman Beau Duffy. “NYSDOT will conduct a safety study of the intersection. We have also requested detailed information from the police agencies about the two most recent pedestrian accidents, so we can better understand all of the circumstances.”

At Exit 13, the Southern State separates North Valley Stream and Elmont. Many students who live south of the parkway attend Elmont High School, which is about a half-mile to the north. Solages said that there is extensive pedestrian traffic in the area at about 3 p.m. on school days, and also on Friday afternoons, when a nearby mosque holds services.

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stevieaa

I'm not trying to be insensitive but I'm going to say these were human error/isolated incidents. I only crossed that intersection every morning during rush hour on a girls bike in 7th grade delivering papers for a whole year!!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Report this
FAFR2013

This is a very sad and unfortunate accident. If they want to survey the traffic, they should do so on a Friday between 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. and see all the parked CARS and TRAFFIC on the side streets. The traffic is not only on Central Avenue, due to the massive amount of cars parked on the side streets a fire truck or ambulance could not get down our streets in a emergency. Not all are residents that walk and attend the Mosque for services.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Report this
jerrybegoood

Sad news bout the injured however, anyone anywhere regardless of measures taken for safety can be struck if careless.

This is a classic comparison.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Report this
ipinnaro

The intersection is a nightmare - plain and simple! People zip off the highway at both exits (the S exit which exits to Central, and the N exit which exits to Linden) with no regard for the stop signs posted, pedestrians in the area, or oncoming vehicles which HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY! I can't tell you how many near misses there are from people exiting the highway and not stopping for the stop sign, or for the cars that have turned off the Westbound exit onto Central Avenue. Add in the bus route, and it couldn't get worse. There needs to be a light at the Eastbound exit, just like there is as the Westbound exit. And there shouldn't be a house right by the entrance to the highway, especially when cars needs to basically make a U turn to get on the eastbound highway from Linden Boulevard. Even in the 1950's this could not have been a good working solution.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Report this
Zarathustra44

Put the 'Unlicensed' driver in prison for 10 years............... No need to spend millions of dollars.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Report this
Cin523

We'll it is insensitive. Yes these are isolated incidents but it still happened. Consider yourself lucky. You and I were both not there so we can't say who s fault it is, or who to blame. You were lucky, just be thankful it wasn't you or one of your family members. I pray you will never have to experience anything like this.

Think before responding.

My heart and prayers go out to the families.....and the person who wrote the insensitive post.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Report this
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