BROOKLYN, NY- Abc7news.com reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for the expansion of a city program that is focusedon getting drivers on New York City streets to slow down. The accident that led to the increased concerns occurred in March when Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles lost her 4-year-old daughter along with the one-year-old son of Miles’ friend.
The horrific accident happened when a driver with a medical condition sped her vehicle through a crosswalk striking Miles, the children, and several other people. In addition to killing the two young children, Miles lost her unborn child two months after the crash as a result of injuries she sustained.
The driver who caused the accident, 44-year-old Dorothy Bruns is now facing charges of manslaughter. Bruns driving records indicate she had a history of other moving violations and had caused other accidents not long before the deadly crash in Park Slope. Bruns doctor had advised her not to drive because of her condition.
Mayor de Blasio now says the city will be redesigning 9th Street to make the area safer for pedestrians. He is also calling on legislators in the state capital to enact laws requiring speed cameras in school zones. The Mayor is also pushing for an expanded definition of school zones so that cameras can be installednear schools, and not just on the street, on which the schools are located.
Speed cameras have been effective at reducing pedestrian deaths. Since the cameras were installedin school zones, accidents within the protected areas have gone down by 63%. Our pedestrian accident lawsuit lawyers are reviewing accident injury claims for those whom have been injured.