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After fatal crash, outcry grows over Farmingdale intersection

A 14-year-old passenger died when the minivan she

A 14-year-old passenger died when the minivan she was in was struck Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Farmingdale, police said. Credit: News12

A state legislator is calling for a traffic study after a 14-year-old girl was killed in a Farmingdale car crash Wednesday night.

After a social media outcry from Farmingdale residents, Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau) sent a letter to the state Department of Transportation requesting a study of the Fulton and Main streets intersection.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged that another life was cut short — that of a 14 year old Farmingdale High School Freshman,” Hannon said in a statement. “After three serious accidents and two fatalities in the past seven months, it’s time for DOT to take immediate action to improve safety at this intersection.”

The girl was a passenger in a minivan that was attempting to turn left from westbound Fulton Street onto Main Street about 6:15 p.m. A Jeep Wrangler heading east on Fulton struck the minivan in the intersection, sending it into two other vehicles.

Police have not released the girl’s identity or the identities of the drivers, both of whom were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Residents said they have long been concerned about the safety of the intersection.

On March 8, Byron I. Unda, 28, of Bay Shore, was killed when the SUV he was in collided with a tractor trailer at Main and Fulton streets. A crash at the intersection in 2012 was also fatal. Hannon and residents noted several other crashes have left drivers with serious injuries.

Residents voiced their complaints in a community Facebook group Thursday.

“I can’t begin to tell you how many accidents I’ve witnessed,” wrote resident Eva Pearson. “As a mother of two young sons, I’m constantly anxious about how unsafe Route 109 [Fulton Street] is.”

Pearson added that she has previously asked for traffic studies of the road.

Nancy Wagner, a longtime Farmingdale resident, said she was so upset by Wednesday’s crash that she created a petition aimed at changing the traffic signals to make the intersection safer. She has two children who just started driving, but the intersection has been a concern for her for “a good 10 years.”

“Every time I see an accident there I complain to myself and my friends,” Wagner, 50, said. “The other day when I saw it happen again, I just said, ‘Enough.’ ”

As of Friday morning, nearly 1,500 people had signed the petition. Wagner hopes to take it to the state Department of Transportation to prompt change. She’d like to see left-turn lane arrows have their own cycle, so that cars cannot turn left while traffic moving straight has a green light.

“I can’t be that person that keeps complaining and not doing anything,” she said.


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