Last Shabbos afternoon an 8 year old girl was the victim of a hit and run by a speeding driver, on East 31 Street, between Kings Highway and Avenue P.
Boruch Hashem she is recuperating; it is miraculous that she survived. This is the second accident on this block in a year. It’s a long block, with many young children and only a stop sign on the corner and many cars speeding. The community had tried for years to have a speed bump installed, only to have their requests rejected.
The girl’s father, concerned neighbors, and community Rabbonim reached out to the FJCC (Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition) for help. The FJCC contacted the Mayors office who requested the NYC Department of Transportation to implement an immediate installation of a speed bump to slow traffic down and improve safety. The installation commenced the next morning.
“We applaud Mayor Bill de Blasio for his swift action and consideration, together with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, as well as the efforts of the Mayors’ Senior Community Liaison Pinny Ringel to protect the safety of the children in our neighborhood. It is only through the united community and working with our partners in government that we can accomplish,” stated Josh Mehlman, Chairman of the FJCC.