Prompted by a fatal car accident that occurred last month at 115th Avenue and 227th Street in Cambria Heights, Community Board 13 is exploring ways to reduce what they consider an inordinate number of crashes.
District Manager Larry McClean and Clive Williams, the chairman of the Public Safety Committee, conducted a tour of the district. McClean created a rough map documenting problem areas to give to the police and the city’s Department of Transportation. Williams said the issue is widespread.
“Vehicles would be coming through cutting a swath across Cambria Heights, across Queens Village to get into Long Island. And that has created, over the years, a very serious problem,” Williams said at CB 13’s monthly meeting on Monday night in Rosedale.
Earlier this month, McClean and Williams held a meeting with representatives from the DOT, the 105th Precinct and Queens Patrol Borough South. “They turned up in force and they turned up motivated to do something,” Williams said.
An officer representing Queens South told CB 13 members she would be compiling a report on the accidents that took place within the problematic corridor McClean and Williams had toured. The DOT will be using the data it receives to conduct traffic studies and determine what traffic calming device may be needed.
CB 13 has a right to be concerned about car crashes. Two pedestrians were struck and killed in the board’s district in the last several days. On Friday, a 50-year-old man was hit while crossing the Belt Parkway near Francis Lewis Boulevard in Laurelton, and on Wednesday, a 31-year-old man was killed in an a hit-and-run at the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and 246th Street in Rosedale, according to the NYPD.