Traffic light coming to Flushing intersection where a senior was struck in hit and run

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A new traffic signal will be installed at a dangerous Flushing intersection early next year, according to lawmakers.

The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will install a new traffic control at Parsons Boulevard and Rose Avenue by the end of February 2018, according to Councilman Peter Koo’s office. The intersection is located directly along the perimeter of Kissena Park.

In 2015, 77-year-old pedestrian Min-Tsu Lin was struck by a motorcyclist at the location. The driver fled the scene and Lin needed to have his leg amputated after being transported to an area hospital in critical condition, according to reports.

Parsons Boulevard and Rose Avenue
Parsons Boulevard and Rose Avenue / Photo via Google Maps

In the wake of the accident, residents began informing local representatives they frequently witness cars speeding up and down Rose Avenue late at night and early in the morning. The half-mile venue currently has two park entry points and no traffic controls.

After an initial study, the DOT determined a signal was unnecessary but suggested installing other safety measures, like speed bumps. However, after a later site study, the city agency confirmed the need for the signal.

A number of local lawmakers voiced their support for the decision following the announcement.

Speeding, congestion and a lack of a crosswalk create dangerous conditions at the site, Councilman Peter Koo said.

“Obtaining the right traffic controls at this intersection has been a priority of many elected officials and community members for a long time, and I want to thank the NYC DOT for working with an open mind to come up with the best solution for everyone,” Koo said.

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic said she “[looks] forward to continuing the necessary work with NYC DOT to make our streets safer.”

“I am glad the Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of the community and will take decisive action,” state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky added. “I want to thank the Kissena Park Civic Association and Ms. [Beverley] McDermott for bringing this issue to light. Government works best when it positively responds to the people it seeks to serve.”