Greenburgh officials says more needs to be done to make dangerous roadway safer
It's been almost two weeks since an 11-year-old and a 14-year-old were stuck trying to cross a busy street in Greenburgh, and officials say that more needs to be done to make the roadway safer.
As News 12 reported, two young boys were hit by a car crossing Central Avenue in Hartsdale on Oct. 18.
Greenburgh Councilman Francis Sheehan says it's one of the busiest roads in the area.
"They waited to get to the crosswalk. They crossed in the crosswalk. Crosswalks are supposed to give you some sense of safety,” says Sheehan.
He says it wasn't the first time a pedestrian was hit crossing the four-lane road, which sees 23,000 vehicles a day. Back in 1967, a woman's pelvis broke when she was struck. In 2013, an elderly man was hit and died days later.
People say having signs on both ends of the crosswalk just simply isn't enough, and that many times drivers aren't stopping for pedestrians trying to cross the street.
This crosswalk is just feet away from the Sacred Heart School and Church and within half a mile of 795 housing units.
Greenburgh officials and over 1,000 people who have signed a petition are calling on the Department of Transportation to make the state road safer, asking for what's called a Hawk Light to be installed, which allows pedestrians to click a button to turn the light red while they cross.
"Every day the road is not made safer is a day where you risk a potential other accident,” says Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.