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Maspeth woman is killed by a truck

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:11 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

A young Maspeth woman was struck and killed by a pickup truck late Tuesday night, police said.

Juliana Busto, 22, was crossing the intersection at 47th Street and Laurel Hill Boulevard when she was hit by a Chevy Avalanche at about 11:15 p.m.

Forty-seventh Street passes under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, two blocks away from Calvary Cemetery in Sunnyside. There are no crosswalk signals and stop signs only dot the streets, but not the avenues.

“We haven’t had much in the way of incidents or complaints about that particular intersection,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said. “Having said that, it’s a tragic situation. As with all fatalities on our streets we need the Department of Transportation to immediately come in and assess the situation.”

An employee at the cemetery said he also hadn’t heard of the area being a danger for pedestrians.

Van Bramer said he will ask the DOT to look at the feasibility of pedestrian signals.

Following the death of Tenzin Drudak, 16, on March 11 in Long Island City, the councilman called on the DOT to look at the area around LaGuardia Community College, where a van took Drudak’s life. The DOT has not formally responded to Van Bramer’s request.

“If we don’t have movement, I expect us to be out on the streets calling on the DOT,” Van Bramer said.

Busto lived in Maspeth, about a half mile away from the intersection. An emergency response team rushed her to Elmhurst Hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead. The driver stayed at the scene, according to police. The investigation is ongoing.

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