Eyes on the Street: Another Crash at Dangerous Jackson Heights Corner

All photos: Clarence Eckerson

Clarence came across this crash scene on Northern Boulevard at 80th Street in Jackson Heights yesterday at 7:00 p.m. This is the same intersection where a dump truck driver ran over and killed 11-year-old Miguel Torres the morning of December 28. If the traffic pole hadn’t stopped this car from barreling down the sidewalk, the consequences of this crash could have been just as severe.

NYPD’s public information office had no information about the crash, which means it didn’t result in a life-threatening injury.

In response to the crash that killed Miguel Torres, neighborhood groups, Council Member Daniel Dromm, and Transportation Alternatives held a forum on traffic safety with the 115th Precinct back in March. Commanding officer Michael Cody discussed the precinct’s focus on drunk driving enforcement but said nothing about deterring speeding, which is a factor in many more injuries and deaths than drunkenness. Last year, the 115th Precinct issued only about 15 speeding tickets per month.

To weigh in on street safety at the next precinct community council for the 115th, head to the precinct house — 92-15 Northern Boulevard – at 7:00 p.m.on the third Tuesday of September.