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Your Turn: Afraid of Crossing the Street?


It’s been a deadly week for New York City pedestrians.

First, NYU grad student Hannah Engle was killed by a drunk driver with a suspended license who slammed into her at around 1:30 a.m. Monday as she was crossing at 14th Street and Second Avenue.

Just a few hours later, billionaire philanthropist Andrea Bronfman, wife of Seagram heir Charles Bronfman, got run over by a livery cab as she was walking her dog across 65th Street at 6:48 a.m. Monday.

Then early Tuesday morning, 82-year-old Eva Schweitzer was hit by a city bus as she crossed the intersection of Gunhill Road and Bainbridge Avenue, just before 7 a.m.

There’s been lots of media ire focused on Engle’s killer, Wole Parks, a 23-year-old actor from Harlem who played Bret in the MTV series Undressed. Parks, who has a previous drunk-driving conviction, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a license.

The livery driver who killed Bronfman got off with just a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. And the bus driver who hit Schweizer wasn’t issued any ticket at all.

Are police doing enough to hold drivers responsible? Are the streets getting meaner for pedestrians? We invite your comments here.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 25, 2006


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