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12-Year-Old Girl Killed On Delancey - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


12-Year-Old Girl Killed On Delancey


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Delancey Street has claimed another victim, resulting in further outcry regarding one of the city’s deadliest thoroughfares.

Police said that Dashane Santana, a 12-year-old resident of the Jacob Riis Houses, was crossing Delancey Street at Clinton Street at around 2:36 p.m. when a minivan traveling towards the Williamsburg Bridge struck and killed her. The 58-year-old driver stayed at the scene and has not yet been charged with a crime, the police said.

Both Borough President Scott Stringer and State Senator Daniel Squadron once again urged the city to make Delancey Street safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.

“This devastating loss is only the latest in a string of tragic accidents that have occurred on Delancey, numbering into the hundreds over the past decade,” Mr. Stringer said a statement. “The city must act now and not wait a second longer. We can no longer go about its daily business with the knowledge that one of our central intersections is irrefutably perilous.”

Delancey Street’s deadly reputation was reinforced several times last year. A cyclist was run over by a truck and killed in August, prompting the Department of Transportation to install countdown clocks at intersections along the street. The Daily News also published statistics that found that the intersection of Delancey and Essex Streets was one of the deadliest in the city. The Local did its own analysis and found that Delancey Street as a whole is one of the most dangerous roads for cyclists in the city.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction.

Correction: January 17, 2012

An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of the 12-year-old girl. It is Dashane, not Deshane.