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Nearly 20 years after losing two family members to a hit-and-run driver, the Mcleer family of Staten Island is again facing the horrific reality of reckless, irresponsible drivers snaking through Brooklyn streets. The family’s 14-year-old son, Jackson Mcleer, was recently struck on 86th Street, an incident that sent him to the hospital. NY1 is reporting that Jackson’s father, Adam, is calling on the driver to come out of hiding and take responsibility for their action.

In 1994, Adam Mcleer’s mother and 4-year-old sister were killed in a hit-and-run incident, an event that still haunts the family:

Back in 1994, Adam Mcleer’s mother, Donna, and 4-year-old sister, Michele, were killed by a truck in the same neighborhood on 92nd Street.

The driver was never found.

“I wake up every day and my mother and sister are gone in the most horrific way you could ever imagine to anybody, that your mother gets taken away and your 4-year-old sister,” Adam Mcleer said. “Now, all of a sudden, again, it’s happening to our family, and it’s really tearing us apart.”

The latest incident that befell the family occurred last Wednesday, when Jackson was struck at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 86th Street after coming home from football practice.

“The mirror hit my chest,” Jackson told NY1. “I bounced off the car, blacked out for two or three seconds, got back up, walked over to the sidewalk. I forgot who laid me down, and I called my father.”

The car that struck Jackson was described as a four-door dark blue or black and didn’t stop after the incident. Jackson suffered a cracked rib and fluid around his liver. The whole incident has left Jackson’s father outraged, urging the driver or anyone who might know the person to come forward with any information.

“My message is stop being a turkey, man, and turn yourself in, because that’s the right thing to do as a man or as a woman,” Mcleer told NY1.

If you have any information on the incident, you can contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or visit the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.

86th Street and Bay 36th Street (Source: Google Maps)

86th Street and Bay 36th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Citing a recent hit-and-run accident, City Council candidate John Lisyanskiy is calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to install more traffic signals at busy thoroughfares in the community.

Last week, we received a message from a local resident hoping to get any information on a hit-and-run accident that took place at 86th Street and Bay 36th Street. The accident left the victim, a 62-year-old Chinese man, in a coma. Lisyanskiy is hoping that the placement of more traffic signals will cut down on needless accidents and deaths.

“There have been far too many fatal accidents within the last two months alone and it is absolutely necessary that new traffic signals be installed in our area,” Lisyanskiy said in a press release.

Lisyankskiy went on to accuse the head of the Department of Transportation, Janette Sadik-Khan, of failing to be active enough in preventing accidents.

“The community should not be subjected to such an easily avoidable problem. Despite letters and appeals for action from myself and several members of our community, Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has still not fixed this issue. Her complete disregard for the welfare of our area is irresponsible. The fact that there are two public schools within a three-block radius only serves to highlight the importance of responsible traffic systems. It is incredibly unfair to allow such a blatant safety hazard to be ignored,” Lisyankiy said.

86th Street and Bay 36th Street (Source: Google Maps)

86th Street and Bay 31st Street (Source: Google Maps)

We received the following message from Mary Chan regarding a hit and run case in Bensonhurst this past Friday:

A 62 year old Chinese man was hit with a black car on Friday 07/19/13 around 3pm on 86th street & bay 31st street. This was a hit & run and the victim’s barely hanging on to his life in critical condition and in coma.

We need everyone’s help around Bensonhurst, Brooklyn area to speak up if they know any information. The police isn’t doing much to help cause hit & run cases don’t have much evidence.

If anyone has any info please call 917-257-4656 or 917-330-0166. Or contact 62th precinct (718)236-2611. Thank you so much!

Best of luck to the victim of the hit and run. Here’s hoping that the irresponsible party can be tracked down soon.

6th and 65th Street (Source: Google Maps)

6th and 65th Street (Source: Google Maps)

A large white flat bed truck slammed into a bicycle rider this past Friday morning in Borough Park, killing him. CBS News reported that after the accident, the driver left the scene to order lunch before he was arrested.

The details of the alleged hit-and-run are slightly bizarre. The victim, described as a man in his late 60s, was hit at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 65th Street. The truck driver, possibly unaware that he was the cause of the accident, pulled over on the side of the road, a block or so ahead of the incident. Witnesses say he went to check on the man lying dead in the street before he returned to his truck to continue making deliveries.

“I just saw someone pull over here,” Rocky Chong told CBS. “He just walked right down there and he just walked right back and drove off.”

The driver then was spotted ordering some chicken and a cheeseburger at a Kennedy Fried Chicken spot a few blocks away from the scene of the accident. Maggie Zhent, the worker who took the driver’s order, told CBS that there was nothing strange about the man’s demeanor when he ordered his lunch.

Cops then closed in on the man at the restaurant and arrested him.

Source: NYC DOT

Source: NYC DOT

The proposed installation of speed enforcement cameras across the city has been touted by some legislators and opposed by others, but now there is a chance that a slimmed down version of the plan has a chance of actually happening. Streetsblog is reporting that legislation to install cameras in school zones might have enough support to pass.

The battle over installing a network of speed enforcement cameras across the city has been between politicians like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who believes it’s a common sense measure that will cut down on accidents and hit-and-runs, and politicians like State Senator Marty Golden, who believes that the cameras will make mistakes and also serve as an excuse to cut cop jobs. A deal to approve the cameras was nixed when Bloomberg refused to back funding that would pay for private Yeshiva busing in the districts of Golden and State Senator Simcha Felder.

Now, a new deal might get passed that is significantly less extensive then a comprehensive citywide installation of cameras. Under the new legislation, only 20 cameras would be installed and only in school zones and would only be active one hour before and after the school day starts and ends. Fines for drivers caught on the cameras would be $50 and they would receive no points on their licenses. While limited, proponents of speed enforcement cameras see this legislation as a necessary first step.

“What we are doing is getting our foot in the door. This is the start of the program,” Transportation Alternatives general counsel Juan Martinez told Streets Blog. “The key is to get the authorization so we can start eliminating these needless deaths.”

While Golden has not yet thrown his support behind the new measure, Martinez believes there is hope that he will change his mind on this slimmed down version of the legislation.

“He’s been on the right side of these issues for a long time,” Martinez told Streets Blog. “I think he gets the speeding issue.”

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The fight over speed enforcement cameras is getting nastier. Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally called out State Senators Marty Golden, Simcha Felder and Dean Skelos for having blood on their hands in refusing to include funding for speed enforcement cameras in the state budget. In response, Senate Democrats are trying to reinvigorate the effort to get the cameras approved. However, in their recap of the week’s events, the New York Times included this interesting tidbit of closed door negotiations between Governor Andrew Cuomo, Bloomberg, Felder and Golden.

Senator Felder, too, has no use for cameras. He represents a district dominated by Orthodox Jewish voters, and his priority this session was to persuade the city and state to foot the bill to bus any child past 4 p.m., which in effect means mostly children who attend yeshivas. Mr. Felder and Mr. Golden succeeded in pushing through this legislation, which will cost the city $5.6 million this year.

As the state senators are not unreasonable men, they even offered to bargain: they might allow speed cameras if Mr. Bloomberg agreed to foot the bill for this busing program.

The mayor said no. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said no. But when his state budget emerged from behind closed doors in Albany it included this new and costly busing program.

The Orthodox, who are adroit at pulling the levers of power, and their political allies claim all children could benefit. But that argument is evidence-starved. The state paid for a pilot program this year, and city school buses have picked up 1,000 children — from 29 yeshivas and one charter school.

Senator Golden, who has charted the growth of the Orthodox population in his district, shrugs off criticism. It is, he said, “the new normal.”

So Golden and Felder would have been happy to approve the funding for speed enforcement cameras as long as yeshiva students who attend private Orthodox schools got free busing? Huh…so, using Golden and Felder’s logic, I guess this means that the safety of responsible motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians is less important than free transportation for private schools provided on the taxpayers’ dime.

It’s the “new normal” after all.

Traffic Cameras Source: Theron Trowbridge via Flickr

The war over the installation of speed enforcement cameras kicked into a higher gear as influential State Senate lawmakers reintroduced the legislation in direct opposition to Republicans who stripped it from the state budget, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

The contentious battle to place speed enforcement cameras across the city began in response to the growing number of hit-and-run tragedies that have plagued the city in recent months. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Chief Ray Kelly and other key local New York politicians were all in favor of the program but senators including Marty Golden, Dean Skelos and Simcha Felder removed the cameras from the state budget, fearing that the cameras would cost policemen jobs.

In response to the actions of Golden, Skelos and Felder, Bloomberg held a press conference where he lashed out at the senators personally and demanded that constituents personally hold them responsible the next time someone dies in a speeding accident.

Bloomberg’s anger was not considered a stunt, according to a report in the New York Post.

“I’ve never seen the mayor this angry,” one insider told the Post. “He’s furious.”

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson expanded on Bloomberg’s anger, describing all arguments against the cameras as laughable.

“This is a Republican conference that voted to raise taxes, to legalize marriage equality and to ban assault weapons, but they draw the line on speed cameras?” Wolfson asked. “It’s a joke.”

Following the mayor’s lead, Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx) announced it would be a priority to reintroduce the cameras to the state budget.
“Our police do an incredible job fighting crime in the city, but they can’t be everywhere at once,” Klein told the Daily News. “Let’s get these speed cameras in place so our city’s Finest can continue fighting crime and not writing traffic tickets.”

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg directed serious heat towards State Senator Marty Golden and two other senators this week over their opposition to the installation of speed enforcement cameras, according to a report in the New York Times.

The issue of reckless driving and speeding has become an exploding issue across the city as a rash of hit-and-run tragedies have made front-page on an ever increasing basis. According to the Times, 274 people died in traffic fatalities across the city last year, the highest since 2008. To combat the rising tide of blood spilled on the roads, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and politicians like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have sent letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo pleading for room in the state budget to install speed enforcement cameras. According to the New York Daily News, the inclusion of speed enforcement cameras were recently stripped from the state budget by opponents of the measure.

In assigning blame for the exclusion of the cameras in the state’s budget, Bloomberg pointed his finger at Senators Golden, Simcha Felder and GOP Senate leader Dean Skelos, urging their constituents to call these politicians the next time a tragedy occurs.

“Maybe you want to give those phone numbers to the parents of the child when a child is killed,” the Times reported Bloomberg saying. “It would be useful so that the parents can know exactly who’s to blame.”

Golden, a former police officer with strong ties to the police officers’ union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, believes that hiring more police officers is the answer to combat dangerous speeding. He also called the cameras “unreliable,” and suggested that a comprehensive study be done on the cameras before going full steam ahead with a plan to install them.

Bloomberg insisted that in light of all the traffic deaths, waiting was no longer an option.

“We literally are having kids that are getting killed around our schools because people are speeding,” he said. “And they don’t want to let us use cameras to stop people from doing that.”

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This week we reported on calls by local political leaders to have the city invest in speed enforcement cameras, devices designed to reduce speeding in areas with lower police presence. While many politicians are eager to get speed enforcement cameras installed throughout the city in the wake of a series of fatal hit and run accidents, not all political leaders are convinced that the cameras will be helpful in the long run.

According to a report on Streets Blog, Republican State Senator Marty Golden has come out against the potential employment of the cameras because he believes that a camera is no substitute for a police officer.

“What we need are the actual police officers on the street. Cops on the street are what slows people down,” Golden said, according to Streets Blog.

Golden, along with other opponents of speed enforcement cameras, believe that the cameras are incapable of detecting drunk drivers, escaping criminals or people carrying unlicensed weapons. In other words, they are incapable of performing police work.

On the other side of the spectrum, according to a report in the New York Daily News, Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile wants to put it all on the table. He favors the installation of the cameras, but he agrees with Golden in that cameras are no substitute for increased police presence. Gentile has proposed putting an extra 200 officers on the roads for the sole purpose of slowing down speeders.

“There are simply too many drivers speeding and not enough enforcement resources at this time,” who plans to introduce another resolution in the Council calling on the NYPD to hire and deploy the cops.

“Whether its speed cameras, education programs, more cops or more enforcement – there is no single panacea,” he said. “But something has to be done. Nothing can be left off the table when lives are at stake.”

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A 15-year-old teenager was critically injured when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver this past Saturday at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 78th Street, according to a report by Home Reporter.

The teen, identified as Matthew Garry, is a football player for Xaverian High School. He broke both of his arms, his legs and his pelvis.

He was first sent to Lutheran Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. Later, he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Long Island Hospital.

The driver who smashed Garry fled down Fourth Avenue. Police later found a damaged 2002 Audi abandoned on 93rd Street near Fourth Avenue. No arrests have been made, but if you have any information call 1-800-577-TIPS or visit nypdcrimestoppers by clicking here.

Recently, we reported on State Senator Marty Golden’s efforts to stiffen penalties for hit and run drivers. Golden’s bill passed in the Senate and is awaiting consideration by the Assembly.

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