The driver, who blew a stop sign on 153rd Avenue as he was making a left on 88th Street, hit a woman who was crossing the street, according to police. The woman was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after the accident.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has repeatedly called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to make changes to the intersection, and on Monday, he asked the agency once again to examine how to make the area safer for pedestrians.
“For far too long, the traffic triangle at 88th Street and 153rd Avenue has been a danger for motorists and pedestrians in Lindenwood,” Goldfeder said. “Sadly, this most recent reported hit-and-run once again underscores the need to take immediate steps to improve this dangerous situation.”
The DOT is currently conducting a study to determine how safety can be improved. Once the study is complete in the next few weeks and the agency determines if any improvements can be made, the safety enhancements will be presented to the community, a DOT spokesperson said.
The agency will also daylight the area to improve visibility for drivers and pedestrians.
“I urge DOT Queens Commissioner [Nicole] Garcia to build on our most recent, productive visit to the triangle and work to prevent another accident from happening,” Goldfeder said.