College students, legal professionals collect in honor of the beloved instructor who was killed in an accident in Brooklyn
GREENPOINT, Brooklyn (WABC) – Elementary school students, elected officials and lawyers gather in Brooklyn to honor a beloved public school teacher who died in an accident.
Matthew Jensen, English as a second language teacher on the PS 110, was killed by a driver of a Rolls-Royce in Greenpoint last week.
The crash happened when the 58-year-old tried to cross Bayard Street and McGuiness Boulevard at around 12:45 a.m. on May 18
The Rolls-Royce driver fled the scene.
Those attending the McGolrick Park rally urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to make street changes immediately to make McGuinness Boulevard safer.
They say they are fed up with the five-lane route that Greenpoint shares, which is full of cars, trucks, and accidents.
“Our community of hundreds of children and families grieves, and for us this is just the last straw, enough is enough,” said parent Bronwyn Breitner.
And there were officials too. Congregation member Emily Gallagher has long pushed for a safer route.
“When I started advocating this issue in 2010, I was just hoping for more enforcement. They didn’t lower the speed limit, we added countdown clocks, but nothing was enough,” she said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the event and brought promising news: a redesign of McGuinness Boulevard.
“We’re going to be running Vision Zero here on McGuinness Boulevard now because it’s long overdue. We’re putting money into the budget right now to redesign and repair McGuinness Boulevard once and for all,” said de Blasio.
The protesters also called on New York State lawmakers to pass the Crash Victim Rights and Safety Act, a package of eight life-saving bills aimed at keeping the streets safe in NYC and across the state.
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