Boy’s Death Highlights Epidemic Of Traffic Violence In Brooklyn

WCBS 880 Newsroom
September 13, 2019 - 8:35 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – An SUV crashed into a bus in Brooklyn on Thursday night—not far from where a 10-year-old boy was killed earlier this week. It’s part of a disturbing trend of traffic violence.

The numbers, as tallied by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, show traffic fatalities over the last year are up 20 percent across the city.

But it’s especially bad in Brooklyn. Traffic deaths are up 72 percent and the epicenter, at least in the borough, is on Ocean Avenue.

A bus and SUV collided late Thursday night in Midwood. A bumper from one of the vehicle’s was still on the corner of Avenue J on Friday morning. At least two people were injured in the crash.

It was about two blocks away from where a 10-year-old boy waiting for his bus on the sidewalk was mowed down by an SUV driver on Tuesday.

There was a vigil Thursday night for Enzo Farachio. His mother Mary Farachio could barely speak through her tears.

“We lost our baby, and he’s not coming back. Let’s make Brooklyn a safer place for all,” Farachio said through tears.

Police have said that the 60-year-old driver may have been going through a medical emergency.

Meanwhile, advocates are calling for redesigns of streets like Ocean Avenue to get drivers to slow down, as well as more laws to hold repeatedly reckless drivers accountable.