Michael Daly, that great columnist for The New York Daily News, looks at a new report from the city Health Department saying that traffic deaths are way down citywide. Nevertheless, according to Daly, 150 New Yorkers were killed during a five year period while walking in a crosswalk when the signal said, “Walk.” On a particularly dangerous stretch of Third and Fourth avenues in Brooklyn, 28 people were killed crossing the street between 1995 and 2007.
Daly recounts the tales of 4-year-old James Rice, killed in 2007 while crossing Fourth and Baltic, and Juan Angel Estrada, 11, and Victor Flores, 12, killed crossing Third Avenue. The children are remembered in a memorial on Third Ave. and Butler. It’s a great column by Daly.
The caption writers at the News call Third and Baltic “Cobble Hill,” which is a bit of a stretch. Perhaps soon, it’ll all be South Brooklyn.