Vigil in Fort Greene for Lucian Merryweather Tonight

There will be a vigil tonight for Lucian Merryweather, the child who died last weekend when a motorist drove onto a sidewalk in Fort Greene.

Lucian was 9 years old. He was at least the tenth child age 13 and under to be killed by a New York City motorist in 2013, according to data compiled by Streetsblog.

Anthony Byrd was charged with assault and homicide after the crash, which occurred in the 88th Precinct. As of September, the precinct had issued 53 speeding tickets this year, and three tickets for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Tonight’s event is organized by Tish James’s office. “My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones affected by the tragic vehicular incident that took place in Fort Greene today,” James said, via a press release posted by Brooklyn Spoke. “I will be working with the Department of Transportation to review the details of the incident, and specifically determine what measures can be taken to increase driver and pedestrian safety along De Kalb Avenue.”

The vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the corner of Clermont and DeKalb. “We invite local faith leaders, safe-street advocates, and community members to join us,” the press release said.

Precinct community council meetings are an excellent opportunity for members of the public to speak directly to officers who are responsible for keeping local streets safe. The commanding officer of the 88th Precinct is Deputy Inspector Scott M. Henderson. According to the precinct, the next community council meeting will be held on November 19 at 7 p.m. at the French Speaking Baptist Church at 209 Clermont Avenue, a block from the site of this crash. Call 718-636-6526 for more information.

  • Anonymous

    Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson is no friend to anyone who isn’t a motorist. At one of the last meetings I attended, I spoke about pedestrian & cyclist safety, and this was the cherry, his answer to why there was barely any enforcement was that “nobody had been killed yet, luckily.” It was pretty catch-22ish, but not at all surprising for NYC. I’m going to this one to see if this was the reqisuite body count he’s looking for, or if he needs more blood on the altar.

  • sgabe

    Capt. Henderson is a yes man all the way and does what the brass wants him to do.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. HIs predecessor, C.O. Tasso, was very much tuned in to the community and listened. Every time people try talking to Henderson on areas either sensitive or out of his depth, he gets very defensive.

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