Calling the death of six-year-old pedestrian Amar
Diarrassouba “a devastating loss that underscores the need for tougher safety
measures on the streets where our children walk to school,”
The Borough President spoke at a news conference in front of P.S. 155, the school Amar attended, and was joined by other elected officials, advocates and residents, including Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez, Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito and Iman Konate, a Diarrassouba family member and local religious leader.
“Tragically, Amar is not the only child to be injured or
Six-year old Amar was tragically struck and killed by the
back of a tractor-trailer Thursday morning as he crossed
“Despite these tragedies, few traffic calming devices have been implemented in the neighborhood,” Stringer wrote. “For instance, of the 145 leading pedestrian interval signals in Manhattan—which show walk signs before showing a green light to traffic, thereby giving pedestrians a chance to begin crossing the street before cars and trucks make turns across the crosswalk—only two are in East Harlem.”
The Borough President also noted that, while many schools have special reduced speed limit signs with flashing lights, no such treatment exists near P.S. 155, despite the history of pedestrian deaths in the neighborhood. He urged DOT to beef up traffic safety measures in the area surrounding P.S. 155, which also includes P.S. 57, P.S. 37, P.S. 112, P.S/M.S. 206, I.S.A. 25, P.S. / M.S. 96 and multiple private schools.
“By all accounts, Amar—the son of immigrants who came to New York City to give their children a chance at a better tomorrow—was a bright, energetic child, not unlike those who set out to schools across this City every morning looking for the chance to learn and grow,” the Borough President concluded. “His heartbreaking death must spur us to action.”
"I am proud to join President Stringer in calling for sound and safety measures to protect pedestrians from injuries on our streets,” said Congressmember Charles Rangel. “Neither Amar, nor any other innocent child, should fall victim to deadly accidents that could have been prevented. Clearly we need to find and implement solutions to make our neighborhoods safer.”
“I join with the Borough President in calling for an
immediate study by DOT to determine where and how to increase traffic safety in
"My heart felt condolences go out to the family of Amar
Diarrosova,” said State Senator Jose M.
Serrano. “We must do everything we can to honor Amar's memory and ensure
tragedies like this do not occur again. I urge the DOT to conduct a
comprehensive review and find ways to enhance the street safety of our
I am deeply troubled by this tragic and unnecessary loss of a child of our community and I offer my sincere condolences to his family, knowing there is little I can do to ease their distress,” said Assemblymember Robert Rodriguez. “I believe action can be taken to make our streets safe for all of our residents, especially our children. This starts with the DOT truly analyzing how pedestrians and residents use our streets and sidewalks and what types of traffic use our roadways. We must assure that the health and wellbeing of those who live here weigh heavily in any planning decisions about the use of our roadways.”
“Last Thursday's heartbreaking accident which led to the death of a 6-year-old boy is an absolute tragedy,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. “I have been in touch with both DOT and the NYPD in the wake of the accident to express my concerns about the flow of truck traffic in this area. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pursue some needed improvements. I thank the Borough President for pulling us all together following this unfortunate incident. I offer my most sincere condolences to this child's family in this extremely difficult time.”
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