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Fatal accident on Roosevelt Avenue

Driver allegedly made illegal turn

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:25 am, Thu May 23, 2013.

Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights for decades has been a dangerous mix of pedestrians, cars, bicycles and scooters. And not just a small amount of each, but mobs of each that don’t always obey traffic laws. Pedestrians rarely wait for walk signals and cars often run red lights — just to make a little headway down the congested avenue.

Sunday’s fatal accident was a reminder of the road’s perils.

Alba Granizo, 75, was struck and killed by a car turning left where a street sign explicitly prohibits such a maneuver, according to Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona).

Granizo was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.Police said a 1998 Dodge was making a left turn onto Roosevelt Avenue from 90th Street when the vehicle struck Granizo. The driver remained at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

“The accident that occurredon Sunday is a tragic example of why it is so important to obey all traffic laws and posted signs,” Ferreras said. “My sincerest condolences go out to the family of the victim for their loss.”

As part of a 2009 survey at Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street the nonprofit Transportation Alternative recorded 1,830 driving violations during 38 hours. The nonfatal errors ranged from driving in a bike lane to disregarding traffic lights. No NYPD summonses were handed out during the time period, the report said.

The Department of Transportation, which also ran a traffic study in 2009 between 41st and 37th avenues and between 73rd and 82nd streets, found traffic signal timing, conflicts between turning cars and pedestrians, double-parking and circuitous bus routing contributed to congestion.

In 2012 the DOT widened crosswalks as well as made some roadways such as 37th Road one-way streets. A May 22, 2012 report said those improvements increased pedestrian safety, created faster bus service and sped up car travel time in the area.

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