Mayor To Ramp Up Vision Zero Crackdown After 4 Pedestrians Killed In 24 Hours

December 23, 2019 at 7:30 amFiled Under:Bill de BlasioBrooklynHell’s KitchenManhattanNew YorkPark SlopePedestrians StrucksohoSunset ParkVision Zero

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Monday the de Blasio administration will announce plans to protect pedestrians, especially during these final days of the holiday season.

During a press conference scheduled for Monday, officials are expected to share more from the NYPD and DOT on a new crackdown on dangerous driving during the holidays, reports CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis.

The focus will be on driver safety after a heartbreaking end to last week leaving several families without loved ones for the holidays.

This map shows where four pedestrians were killed in New York City in a period of fewer than 24 hours last week.

(credit: CBS2)

Two incidents happened in Manhattan – in Hells Kitchen and SoHo – and the other two in the Park Slope and Sunset Park neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Andreas Stylianou, 57, was starting his work day at New Millennium Motors, an auto service shop he owns in Brooklyn. Around 7 a.m. Friday, he was struck by several vehicles and killed. His employees say he was just steps away from the workplace, crossing Third Avenue from John’s Deli, where he was a regular customer.

Earlier Friday morning, a private sanitation truck for Classic Recycling struck and killed an unidentified man who was crossing on West 49th Street near 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen.

The crackdown is too late for these victims, including 85-year-old Brendan Gill. Gill died after being struck by a box truck Thursday afternoon near the intersection of 39th Street and Third Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

About an hour and a half later in SoHo, 26-year-old Katherine Miller was killed by a box truck that police say backed up into her as she crossed Broadway while in the crosswalk.

Three out of four of these pedestrian deaths, those on Thursday and Friday, involved large trucks, prompting Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce on Twitter:

Mayor Bill de Blasio@NYCMayor

ANY loss of life is unacceptable. Beginning today the NYPD will be ramping up truck enforcement, with extra officers deployed citywide to keep our pedestrians safe.

We’re investigating the recent traffic fatalities across our city and my heart goes out to the victims’ families.1122:18 PM – Dec 20, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy117 people are talking about this

“The NYPD will be ramping up truck enforcement, with extra officers deployed citywide to keep our pedestrians safe.”

City officials say the last week of the year is generally among the deadliest for pedestrians.

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