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Children killed in Park Slope

Posted by Joe on Tue Mar 6 18:06:59 2018

The Daily News today, 3.6.2018, gave much space to the loss of life at Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope. The NY Post a few minutes ago posted a black and white video of the tragedy, the video showing the rear of the Volvo.
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From the Post story, it appears that the parents and children were crossing Ninth Street on the west crosswalk parallel to Fifth Avenue. The Post states that the driver went through a red signal and implied that it wasn't a case of blowing through on yellow-turning-red. North-south traffic had been moving on Fifth Avenue. Likewise, pedestrians on the west crosswalk probably had the crosswalk signal. No walker could have presumed that a car would come straight through the intersection at that time. Turning drivers (who themselves have a green) are big problem, but this situation involved a straight run and hit.

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Years ago, Peter Witts would have been giving close headway on Fifth Avenue. PCC's would have served the Ninth Street route named Smith-Coney Island. I think service on Smith-Coney Island was less than on Fifth.
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I presume that neither street is one-way. I presume the white Volvo was traveling downhill. It continue shoving a stroller down the block towards Fourth Avenue.


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