Village Voice: It’s Too Easy to Kill Pedestrians in New York City

The Village Voice interviewed Steve Vaccaro about the recent spate of Upper West Side pedestrian deaths and what NYPD can do to prevent them.

Five days after two Upper West Side residents were struck and killed by moving vehicles, their deaths separated by two blocks and 30 minutes, the sidewalk at 97th Street and West End Avenue is so thick with mourners that they spill onto the street. The crowd eventually swells so large that it becomes impossible for a crosstown bus to make its turn onto West End from 97th. For a moment, the bus sits paralyzed, mid-intersection, as a line of cars stacks up behind it, honking.


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