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NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA — According to a study conducted in 2001 by an insurance firm, Roosevelt Boulevard is the number 2 and number 3 most dangerous corners in the state. In a period of just two years, it garnered 618 crashes. So safety has long been an issue in dealing with Roosevelt Boulevard.

City officials, after Tuesday night’s tragic deaths of a mother and three of her young sons, are saying that something concrete has to be done, not only words but by action.

Leslie Ayala, a resident of Olney, promised to collect at least over 4,000 signatures from her block to the corridor their concern for this dangerous intersection.

Roosevelt, a 12-mile long boulevard has been the site of multitude of accidents ?over the years.

Can you imagine that from 2008 to 2012, there were 17 people were killed walking while walking along the busy roadway?

As far as today, no pedestrians have been reported killed in the specific area where Samara Banks and her sons were hit Tuesday night.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that the place is very difficult as there was no overpass or anything for pedestrians safety so they would be able to cross. Motorists seemed to just drive just drive too fast oftentimes. He does not know if the tragedy last night was on account of speeding but he has seen lots of vehicles just fly along the road.

PennDOT officials said that even though there is a sidewalk, the area where Banks was hit is not supposed to be a pedestrian crossing.

Gene Blaum of PennDOT said that the boulevard has lots of other locations where citizens may choose to cross that are allowed for pedestrians. All citizens must be encouraged to walk only on a signal light intersection which is properly marked for pedestrians.

The agency stated that all the crosswalks along the boulevard have been clearly marked, especially on intersections beside traffic lights, countdown timers and painted markings on the street.

Those who live near the scene of accident said that no mark that it was a crossing close so people will just use an existing section of sidewalk to cross over.

Resident Jeremiah Bethea said that if the administration would put something for them to walk across there, then they must let people who are coming up that hill know that this is a pedestrian crossing or something.

Darrell Clarke who is City Council President agreed they need to do more to keep people safe. And he knew that this accident will renew the ongoing discussions on safety.

Clarke said that that need to put install whatever traffic-calming device to allow safe crossing throughout the boulevard.

PennDOT officials are wondering when or why or who allowed the existing sidewalk to be placed in this area.

They are aware that it had been there prior to 1992, and know that it has never been designated as an official crosswalk.

They are asking people only to cross at stop lights with marked crosswalks.

Accident victims have rights. If you were injured in a car accident, contact experienced car accident in Philadelphia?now for free consultation. He will protect the rights of you and your loved ones. You may be entitled to financial compensation for economic damages, as well as pain and suffering.

Source: ABC Local Go Com

(http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=9175911)

 

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