Woman Killed on Rockaway Blvd, Blocks From Fatal February Crash

An unidentified 18 year-old woman was killed by a truck driver while she was trying to cross at the intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and 132nd Avenue in Rochdale, Queens. Photo: ##https://maps.google.com/maps?q=132nd+Avenue+and+Rockaway+Blvd+Queens+NY&hl=en&ll=40.671533,-73.78462&spn=0.004533,0.008583&sll=40.673478,-73.774223&sspn=0.036259,0.068665&gl=us&hnear=Rockaway+Blvd+%26+132nd+Ave,+Queens,+New+York+11434&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=40.671566,-73.784654&panoid=nbal74jQJwLwxBDrD2oGFQ&cbp=13,144.11,,0,0.45##Google Maps##

Last night at approximately 7:15 p.m., an unidentified 18 year-old woman was killed by a truck driver while crossing the street at Rockaway Boulevard and 132nd Avenue in Rochdale, Queens. The driver of the 1999 International truck stayed on the scene and was not ticketed or charged with a crime, though NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating. NYPD has not released the identities of the driver, pending completion of the investigation, or the victim, pending notification of family.

The victim, who was crossing 132nd Avenue from south to north when she was struck by the left-turning truck driver, was transported in trauma arrest with head and chest injuries to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, according to FDNY and the Post.

The crash comes just months after a hit-and-run driver killed Carlos Carlo, 65, while he was trying to cross Rockaway Boulevard just five blocks away, at 137th Street. Both fatalities happened on the border of two City Council districts: District 31, represented by Donovan Richards, Jr., and District 28, represented by Ruben Wills.

“Right now, there’s not an extreme hazard for pedestrians along that strip,” Wills told Streetsblog. “I can’t say that this area is an area that has a lot of hazards to pedestrians.” He did, however, call on DOT to perform a traffic safety study of the area and install pedestrian countdown clocks.

Sections of Rockaway Boulevard are being repaved right now, Wills added, and he is calling on DOT to bring back an old street design with two lanes in each direction. That section, which is not where the fatal crashes occurred, has fewer travel lanes now thanks to a road diet DOT implemented in 2010 [PDF]. “We’re asking DOT not to put those traffic calming measures back in,” Wills said. “It caused a lot of confusion; there was a lot of near-accidents.”

Both fatal crashes on Rockaway Boulevard occurred in an area with two lanes in each direction and a center turning lane, and are located within the 113th Precinct. To voice your concerns about neighborhood traffic safety directly to Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara, the commanding officer, go to the next community council meeting. The 113th Precinct council meetings happen at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the precinct, 167-02 Baisley Boulevard. The council does not meet in July and August. Call (718) 712-7733 for information.

To encourage Wills to take action to improve street safety in his district and citywide, contact him at (212) 788-6850 or (718) 206-2068. Richards can be reached at (212) 788-7216 or (718) 527-4356.

  • MANvsMOTOR

    I’m so sick of this! Last week I came inches away from being killed with my girlfriend by a woman that didn’t look to see if there was anyone crossing as she accelerated towards me. Thank god there was a passenger in her car paying attention or we would not be here right now. As far as I know there is a Law in NYC stating that vehicles MUST YIELD to pedestrians and if you fail to obey this then you ARE breaking the law! I feel so sorry for this young woman’s family that will have to deal with this horrible loss because of a pathetic attempt to enforce simple laws. Cars should be considered lethal weapons and if you collide with a pedestrian because of a failure to obey a simple law than you should be charged with assault with a deadly weapon. I’ve seen cyclists get charged with worse without even causing a fatality.

    The new traffic cameras that will be installed is a pathetic attempt to please people and a slap in the face for pedestrians. To have cameras only operate between certain times is like saying between 8 and 5 you must obey the law but outside of those hours do whatever the F*%& you want.

    Every day I am forced to walk through the street by my apartment because the gas station on my corner parks their cars in the sidewalk and completely obstructs it. There is a precinct 200 feet away and they never do a damn thing about it. Drivers FLY up that street all the time and I have never seen a cop even turn their heads.

  • Bluewndrpwrmlk96

    So let’s review, Councilman Willis says “there’s not an extreme hazard for pedestrians along that strip” in spite of 2 pedestrian fatalities and now is called for a reversal of a 2010 road diet because “it’s caused a lot of confusion…a lot of near-accidents.”

    Confusion about what…driving straight?

    Maybe if he twisted the arm of the 113 to crackdown on recklessness on Rockaway Blvd, Willis wouldn’t have to say thing that doesn’t make a grain of sense.

  • Ben Kintisch

    Yes we need to re-engineer dangerous intersections one by one, and calm dangerous roadways one by one. It sounds like Rockaway Boulevard needs lots of improvement so as to avoid the next senseless tragedy.

  • Ex-driver

    Let me guess … Councilman Wills was speeding through the area on his way to a fundraiser … and got confused by the new traffic pattern and almost caused an “accident.” Ergo, “we’re asking DOT not to put those traffic calming measures back in.”

  • Joe R.

    Repaving is sorely needed even in the absence of other safety enhancements. Looking at the picture, the condition of that pavement is all too typical of what one finds in Queens, particularly in the less affluent sections. A pedestrian can easily trip crossing the street. Cyclists have to constantly alter their course to avoid bad pavement. At night the situation gets worse. With poor streetlighting, you often can’t see potholes until you’re nearly on top of them. I’ve ruined my fair share of wheels, and cracked a few frames, thanks to streets which look like that.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. That’s a stroad-from-hell. What is that, six lanes with no clear lane markings? People take that as an invitation to speed.

  • Essence Pack

    I know her. Her name is Bianca Petillo. She was in my choir

  • concerned

    my aunt was knocked down by an SUV on this same spot last Monday and is on Life support right now.

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