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Danger at Exit 13
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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.
She pointed out that sidewalks in the area are not continuous. On the east side of Central Avenue, she explained, a pedestrian walking north actually has to walk into the exit ramp to continue on Central Avenue.

“A pedestrian and a highway off-ramp do not mix,” Solages said. “It just takes simple engineering to fix. New York state has some of the brightest engineers.”

Karin Mozawalla, trustee of Masjid Hamza, the Islamic Center of the South Shore, which hosts the Friday-afternoon services, said he has serious concerns about the intersection. The mosque is on Stuart Avenue, just a few hundred feet away.

Tarek’s family belongs to the mosque, and Mozawalla said that members are hoping for his recovery. “They don’t know what the future is going to be for him,” he said. “We’re very concerned.”

He noted that many people have moved to the area to be near the mosque, so they walk to services. Typical Friday services draw between 400 and 500 people. Mozawalla said he is concerned for the safety not only of his members, but of all of the people in the community who walk through that area.

At his urging, and with the help of County Legislator Carrié Solages, Michaelle’s brother, Nassau County has stationed a crossing guard there for an hour on Fridays. But the area is a danger around the clock, Mozawalla said, with a mix of traffic entering and exiting the parkway, local traffic, and pedestrians — and cars coming from Linden Boulevard must do a full U-turn at the intersection of Central and Stuart avenues to get to the eastbound parkway. “The entity that’s the most vulnerable is the pedestrians,” Mozawalla said.

Legislator Solages said that in addition to the crossing guard, he has ordered a traffic study to be done by the county. “My primary obligation as a legislator is to make sure that county roads are safe,” he said. “I care about our children and the well-being of our citizens.”

He added that he has also requested that the Town of Hempstead construct speed bumps in the area. A spokesman for the town said there is no official request on record, and the state generally advises against speed bumps on roads.


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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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014 | Report this

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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