Meeker Avenue Safety
In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a woman was killed after being struck by a city bus.
The victim, a 21-year-old woman, was struck Saturday morning at the junction of Meeker and Union avenues around 1:30 a.m. Police were called to the intersection.
The Q59 Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus runs between Rego Park, Queens and the Williamsburg Bridge Plaza in Brooklyn. The victim was walking south on Union Avenue at the time of the accident.
It was reported that the Q59 Metropolitan bus was making a left hand turn onto westbound Meeker Avenue when the accident happened.
The victim was rushed to Woodhull Medical Center by Emergency crews, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
The victim’s family members gathered at the scene after learning of the accident. They were grief-stricken. They reported that the 21-year-old was on her way home from work when she was hit by the bus.
The 50-year-old female MTA bus driver was uninjured but shaken by the horrible turn of events, police reported.
The driver did remain at the scene. The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad was investigating the accident.
Meeker and Union avenues, located just yards from the exit on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, reopened around 6 a.m.
So far, no charges have been filed against the MTA bus driver.
Next month, the DOT will present safety improvements for Meeker Avenue by the BQE in Williamsburg. The department will bring a proposal to Brooklyn Community Board 1 on January 12th.
In total, there have been 104 injuries and three fatalities on Meeker Avenue between 2012 and 2014. The BQE runs for a mile above Meeker Avenue between North 6th street and Vandervort Avenue – dividing the neighborhood in half. This poses great risks to pedestrians and cyclists at almost every single corner.
This April, Transportation Alternative announce a Make Meeker Move campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to ask the DOT to conduct a pedestrian safety study. Safety Improvements need to be made to this dangerous street. The community is calling for the DOT to improve pedestrian safety and create protected bike lanes along the Meeker corridor.
There has also been a request to make a pedestrian crossing where Skillman Avenue intersects with Meeker. The DOT’s response seems to indicate that they are looking for ways to shorten select crossing distances.
According to the CDC website, the Injury Prevention and Control: Motor Vehicle Safety article stated, “In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured.”
Pedestrians that travel the Meeker Avenue corridor should be diligent until better safety measures are put into action. Pedestrians that walk at night should wear reflective or bright clothing. Remember to always use crosswalks. Always wait for your crossing signals. Do not cross against the light. Pedestrians should refrain from reading, texting, talking on the phone, or listening to music loud enough to drown out traffic noises – in other words, stay alert while walking.
Pedestrians that suffer a personal injury in New York due to driver negligence, should seek a New York Personal Injury Attorney immediately. New York Personal Injury Attorneys Pulvers Thompson, will know how to protect your rights. After a serious pedestrian accident the injured party will incur the cost of both current and future medical expenses. Loss of wages, or even the loss of a job altogether can disrupt lives and have a negative impact on recovery. New York Personal Injury Attorneys will help seek compensation for these losses and can demand restitution for the surviving family members of someone who died because of someone else negligence.