Queens Boulevard and numerous roads in Forest Hills among other neighborhoods are unsafe without a doubt. On Sunday, Aug. 4, I witnessed a 31-year-old woman fall into a section of a caved-in road (sinkhole) at the corner of 68th Road on the north side of Queens Boulevard, with her baby carriage in hand. She intended to take a leisurely Sunday stroll with her husband and baby, but wound up fracturing her ankle and cutting her leg. It is the mission of the city Department of Transportation to repair sinkholes and pave roads, but why wasn’t this issue addressed in advance?
My family and I remained by the woman’s side, as she was on the ground, crying and chattering from the immense pain. I got ice from the corner 7-Eleven shop, and then called 911. The paramedics arrived within minutes. I borrowed her husband’s iPhone to photograph the scene of the accident. A pedestrian came to the scene shortly after, and said he had witnessed another injury at that spot two days prior. I am sure this is more than two injury accounts too many.
As citizens, we should not wait for an accident to happen, but survey our area and call 311 proactively. Our elected officials and community boards should join us in prioritizing on such issues. I filed a service request with 311, and I urge the city and my fellow citizens to follow through on my call, to make sure this time-sensitive issue is addressed. This is one of many roads which need to be repaved, originating with the sinkhole.