April 7, 2016 By Michael Florio
In the wake of a fatal hit-and-run at the intersection of 21st Street and 30th Road last night, Councilman Costa Constantinides is calling yet again for a traffic light to be installed where these two streets meet.
Constantinides said that he has been asking the Department of Transportation (DOT) to study the 21st Street and 30th Road intersection since 2014 and to install a traffic light.
Last night that piece of roadway was the scene of a fatal hit-and-run where a 45-year-old man was struck just before 11 pm by a dark colored sedan, according to police.
“I am saddened to learn of the fatal hit-and-run,” Constantindes said. “We urge anyone who has information about the perpetrator to contact the 114th Precinct immediately.”
However, Constantinides is urging the DOT to put in place a number of traffic safety measures.
“I call on the DOT to conduct a traffic study and install a traffic light at this corner to prevent further tragedies like this one,” he said.
“The lack of a traffic light here is exacerbated by the surroundings, including the Variety Boys & Girls Club where children attend programs and classes every day,” he added.
A DOT spokesperson said that the agency has studied the intersection in the past and that it did not meet the criteria for a traffic signal at the time. The spokesperson added: “We will be taking another look at the intersection for potential safety enhancements.”