Woman struck by vehicle at Jamaica intersection

By Carlotta Mohamed

An 88-year-old woman struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard last week is in critical condition at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, according to the NYPD.

A preliminary investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad revealed that the victim, identified as Teresa Leon, was attempting to cross Woodhaven Boulevard in the crosswalk against the walk sign, when she was struck by a black SUV, driven by a 46-year-old female, police said.

Police responded to the 911 call at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 2 and discovered the woman with severe trauma to her body.

According to police, EMS responded and took the victim ,in critical condition, to Jamaica Hospital, located at 89-00 Van Wyck Expy.

The 46-year-old female was traveling westbound on Jamaica Avenue, and while making a left turn to go southbound on Woodhaven Boulevard, hit the female victim, causing severe trauma to her body, police said. No arrest has been made and the investigation is ongoing.

In response to the incident, state Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven) sent a letter Aug. 3 regarding safety measures along Woodhaven Boulevard to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

“Since the Select Bus Service implementation in November 2017, there have been countless vehicle accidents along Woodhaven Boulevard,” Miller wrote. “I am requesting that Woodhaven Boulevard have dedicated crossing times for pedestrians, a study for better synchronized traffic lights along Woodhaven Boulevard, and a study to see if Vision Zero can be implemented along the corridor.”

Miller said that people cross the boulevard everyday, especially the popular intersections of Woodhaven Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven Boulevard and Park Lane South, and Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue.

“We cannot afford for another pedestrian accident or future fatalities to occur in Woodhaven,” Miller said.

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmohamed@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

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