Last week, city and elected officials toured Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, the site where 19-month-old Joshua Lew and four-year-old Abigail Blumenstein were fatally struck by motorist Dorothy Bruns.
Ruthie Ann Miles, a Broadway actress who was pregnant, was also injured in the crash, resulting in the death of her unborn baby.
According to transportation officials, Ninth Street in Brooklyn is a “high-crash corridor.” Between 2012 and 2016, 12 people were either killed or seriously injured between Third Avenue and Prospect Park West.
In June, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) would redesign the thoroughfare to add nearly one mile of protected bike lanes, shorten pedestrian crossings, and create “refuge islands.”
The project is expected to be complete by mid-September, city officials said.
“To say the March crash in Park Slope hit close to home would be an understatement,” de Blasio, who lived in Park Slope before becoming mayor, said in a statement. “We cannot undo that terrible afternoon five months ago, but these safety improvements will help prevent future tragic crashes on this busy street.”
On the tour, officials saw DOT crews adding pavement markings for the redesign and painting the protected bike lane green.
Councilman Brad Lander said in a statement that the city must remain committed to Vision Zero, a day when there are no more fatalities from traffic crashes.
“We must keep working every day to get there through design changes like this one,” Lander said, “and also through smarter enforcement to get reckless drivers off our streets before they kill.”