NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 61-year-old woman was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle on the Upper West Side on Thursday, police said.
Jean Chambers was struck around 11 a.m. at the intersection of West 95th Street and West End Avenue by a 2004 Ford Explorer as its driver made a left turn, police told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.
The 50-year-old driver remained at the scene. Chambers was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday his Vision Zero initiative, which aims to curb pedestrian fatalities, will take time.
“Special focus on zones around schools, obviously speed cameras, the lower speed limit, which will take effect in the coming months,” de Blasio said of the measures being taken.
But one death is too many, the mayor said.
“It’s our job to keep fighting every step of the way,” de Blasio said.
De Blasio said city officials will take a look at the intersection of 95th and West End to see what, if any, changes can be made.
Thursday’s death happened just two blocks away from where 9-year-old Cooper Stock was fatally struck by a taxi cab in January.
In the wake of the latest incident, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell introduced a bill that would immediately suspend the license of any driver involved in a fatal pedestrian traffic accident.
“We must step up enforcement of current traffic laws and consider necessary legislative solutions to this pervasive and deadly problem,” O’Donnell said in a statement.
Some residents feel O’Donnell’s legislation wouldn’t make a difference.
“There are techniques to slow the traffic that are built into the streets that I would strongly consider,” one man said.
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