Letter: Poorly timed crosswalk signals

A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes A pedestrian trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike pushes a button to change the signal at the interection with Plainfield Road in Elmont on Sept. 13, 2012. Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

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I am so sorry for the family whose 13-year-old daughter was killed on June 15 at Hempstead Turnpike and Gardiners Avenue in Levittown ["Tearful farewell to hit-and-run victim," News, June 20].

I have been complaining about this intersection for years. The state Department of Transportation has made some changes, but it has ignored one issue: The crosswalk timers are not right and in certain directions, they are downright dangerous. Traffic is released into the pedestrian walkway too early for the pedestrian to have reached the safety of the sidewalk.

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It's not just this intersection, but at every crosswalk I have used.

Tom Caro, Levittown

Editor's note: The writer is the vice president of the Levittown Property Owners Association.

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