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Jill Abramson on New York City's Pedestrian Death Epidemic: 'We Know The Causes'

by Amanda Dingyuan Hou | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jean Chambers was in the crosswalk, with the signal in her favor, when she was struck and killed by a driver at West 95th Street and West End Avenue on July 10. That day Chambers became the fourth pedestrian struck and killed within one two block radius on the Upper West Side in the last six months.

Seventy three-year-old Alex Shear (at West 96th and Broadway) and 9-year-old Cooper Stock (West 97th and West End Ave) were both killed on January 10. Nine days later, 26-year-old Samantha Lee was struck and killed at West 96th between Broadway and West End Ave.

The cause of these deaths, and scores of others across the five boroughs, isn't a mystery, says ex-New York Times editor Jill Abramson. Abramson, who was herself hit and nearly killed while crossing a street in 2007, attended a vigil for Chambers held at the crash site on Thursday, July 17. Chambers was a former employee of The New York Times.

Keep reading: Jill Abramson on New York City's Pedestrian Death Epidemic: 'We Know The Causes'

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