Death of pedestrian sparks outrage in Greenburgh, community demands action to make roads safe

A town board meeting Tuesday night took an impassioned turn as residents reacted to the tragic loss of a cherished community member.

News 12 Staff

Aug 30, 2023, 10:23 AM

Updated 238 days ago

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The Greenburgh community is rallying for urgent action to rectify safety issues prevalent on local roads.
A town board meeting Tuesday night took an impassioned turn as residents reacted to the tragic loss of a cherished community member.
In 2020, East Hartsdale Avenue was the site of a hit-and-run incident, prompting Stephanie Kavourias to express her concerns to News 12 about the perilous conditions. Tragically, three years later, Kavourias fell victim to a fatal accident along the same roadway, sparking widespread outrage.
The town's meeting, initially slated to focus on road safety enhancements that officials have been actively pursuing, veered into an impromptu platform for public discourse, with attendees taking the microphone to voice their concerns. This collective response emerged in the wake of Stephanie Kavourias' untimely death; the 65-year-old resident of Hartsdale lost her life in a hit-and-run incident slightly past 11 a.m. on a Saturday. Law enforcement subsequently apprehended 42-year-old Antonio Robles Sanchez of Brooklyn, who now remains in custody at the county jail.
Acknowledging that road safety has been a persistent worry over the years, board members asserted that a blend of completed and forthcoming projects were underway to tackle these issues, including the utilization of a $5 million grant to facilitate the installation of new sidewalks. However, some attendees demanded immediate action.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he was “trying to be responsive” during the meeting, which was not supposed to have a public comment session.
In light of these concerns, an additional meeting is scheduled for the upcoming week. In the interim, law enforcement has committed to installing digital speed indicators and increasing patrols in the vicinity of Stephanie Kavourias' accident site.
A service honoring her memory will take place today at the Westchester Funeral Home in Eastchester, offering a chance for friends and family to pay their respects between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Stephanie Kavourias is survived by two sisters, as well as a nephew and grand-nephew.


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