Monday, December 12, 2011

New York Times reports "Woman Killed by Sanitation Truck in Brooklyn" on Dec 7th

OUTRAGE is concerned with the increased volume of trucks in North Brooklyn for a number of reasons (health, environmental, safety, etc). The illegal routes and parking that these waste and commercial trucks practice in our neighborhoods is threatening the quality of life (and the lives) of our community members. The increases in truck traffic-related deaths should be a wake-up call for us all. We have a safety issue on our hands that can only be curtailed by pressuring the City of New York to enforce truck traffic and reduce the burden of waste transfer in our neighborhoods. Here is the article:


Woman Is Fatally Struck by a Sanitation Truck in Brooklyn

A sanitation truck struck and killed a woman on Wednesday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the police said. No crime was suspected, they said.

Officers responded to a 911 call shortly after 7 p.m., officials said, and found the woman unconscious near the intersection of Broadway and Driggs Avenue. The victim was pronounced dead at Woodhull Medical Center.

The police identified the woman as Katherine Yun, 25, of Syosset, on Long Island. Officials said that a preliminary investigation showed that Ms. Yun was walking north across Broadway near Driggs Avenue when she was struck by the truck, which was traveling east on Broadway.

Kathy Dawkins, a spokeswoman for the Sanitation Department, said that the workers in the truck were on duty.

“The incident is under investigation,” she added.

Ms. Dawkins said that the truck was being driven by Hushai Finnell, 32, who has worked for the agency since 2004.

Police officials said they would continue to look into the accident.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/nyregion/woman-killed-by-sanitation-truck-in-brooklyn.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

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