West 97th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway was renamed “Ariel Russo Place” on Monday.
After Ariel Russo was struck by a speeding SUV while walking to pre-kindergarten with her grandmother, there was a four-minute delay before EMS was dispatched.
Emergency dispatchers, firefighters and EMS workers say the city’s new $2 billion modernization of its 911 system, which includes using new technology and a new backup call center, is unreliable.
The family of Ariel Russo, killed earlier this month by a vehicle trying to outrun police, was in court to demand justice for their daughter as the teenager accused of killing her appeared at arraignment.
Ariel Russo’s family blames her death on a bungled 911 call saying it delayed getting an ambulance to the scene.