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Comptroller Calls For Changes After 2 Fatally Struck In Upper West Side

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Police on the scene where a man was struck and killed by a bus on Friday night. (Credit CBS 2)

Police on the scene where a man was struck and killed by a bus on Friday night. (Credit CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Comptroller Scott M. Stringer called for changes to the 96th Street traffic corridor after two pedestrians were killed in two separate accidents Friday night.

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported Saturday, the two tragedies happened just a few blocks apart.

On West End Avenue and 97th Street a 9-year-old boy and his father were struck by a taxi cab while crossing the street, police said.

The little boy died a short time later. His 51-year-old father suffered a leg injury, Hall reported.

About a half-hour earlier, an elderly man was struck and killed by a private tour bus while crossing a New York City street, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

Police said the 73-year-old man was crossing 96th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side when he was hit by a private tour bus traveling south on Broadway. They said emergency workers pronounced him dead at the scene.

Stringer released a statement Saturday: “The time for studying the 96th Street traffic corridor is over, and New York City needs to take action now that will prevent such fatalities in the future. I look forward to working with DOT to take all necessary steps to protect road users — pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike — and to implement a Vision Zero agenda that makes every street in every borough as safe as it can be. Our City has already had nice traffic-related deaths in 2014, and my heart goes out to the families of last night’s victims.”

No charges have been filed in either incident.

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