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Woman Run Over by Truck on Houston Spurs More Calls for Street Safety

locationsA D.O.T. handout from earlier this year, outlining areas
in need of safety measures around Houston Street.

A flatbed truck struck and killed a 58-year-old woman crossing West Houston Street on a scooter this morning.

The police said that the victim was run over by the rear wheels of the trailer as it turned onto Sixth Avenue around 8:50 a.m. She was dragged to Minetta Lane before witnesses alerted the truck driver to the horrific accident. “There were a dozen people running up the street screaming and telling him to stop,” one witness told The Daily News.

The latest accident only reinforced the perception that Houston Street is one of the most deadliest thoroughfares in the city.

“Of course today’s tragedy is unique and we don’t know if any of these critical improvements would have prevented it. But we must do everything in our power to prevent the next one,” State Senator Daniel Squadron wrote in a statement, pointing to a bill that would strengthen penalties against reckless drivers, as well as recent safety improvements to Delancey Street.