Skip to Content
Streetsblog New York City home
Streetsblog New York City home
Log In
DOT

DOT Eyes Improvements for Deadly Grand Avenue in Maspeth

After meeting with Assembly Member Marge Markey, DOT is planning an engineering fix for the Maspeth intersection where a senior was killed by a driver making an illegal turn, and is considering improvements at other dangerous locations along deadly Grand Avenue.

DOT will install bollards to prevent left turns from 69th Place onto Grand Avenue, where Angela Hurtado was killed in January. Photo:  ##http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2014/01/23/after-pedestrians-death-in-maspeth-residents-cry-out-for-change/##The Forum##
DOT will install bollards to prevent left turns from 69th Place onto Grand Avenue, where Angela Hurtado was killed in January. Photo: ##http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2014/01/23/after-pedestrians-death-in-maspeth-residents-cry-out-for-change/##The Forum##
DOT will install bollards to prevent left turns from 69th Place onto Grand Avenue, where Angela Hurtado was killed in January. Photo: ##http://theforumnewsgroup.com/2014/01/23/after-pedestrians-death-in-maspeth-residents-cry-out-for-change/##The Forum##

Angela Hurtado, 68, was struck as she crossed Grand Avenue at 69th Place in the late morning hours of January 18. Driver Abel Tinoco hit Hurtado with an SUV as he turned left into the crosswalk, disregarding signage that prohibits left turns from 69th onto Grand.

The crash that killed Hurtado happened two blocks from where Francis Aung Lu drove onto a sidewalk and ran over five kids near a school, at Grand Avenue at 71st Street, last September.

Markey met with DOT and NYPD after Hurtado's death. "Clearly there needs to be more enforcement of driving rules and safety improvements to protect our citizens,” said Markey in a press release. "At our meeting, DOT Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall has made a commitment to quickly implement safety improvements at the dangerous intersection where Angela Hurtado was killed in January."

There were 23 crashes at Grand Avenue and 69th Place, resulting in four injuries, from August 2011 through December 2013, according to NYPD data mined by NYC Crashmapper.

According to DOT, a "qwick kurb" treatment -- bollards installed in the roadbed -- will be added at Grand and 69th Place to "further deter" left turns there. "We will also continue to review this location and others nearby for additional potential improvements," a DOT spokesperson told Streetsblog.

Markey's press release said other locations targeted by DOT include Grand Avenue at 69th Street, 53rd Avenue, and 65th Place. Changes to Grand and 69th Place are expected to be implemented this month, according to Markey.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog New York City

New York City Roadway Dining at Risk of Dramatic Decline As Deadline Looms

Fewer than two dozen restaurants are in the pipeline for roadside seating, according to public records.

July 12, 2024

Opinion: Congestion Pricing Is A Compromise

Alternatives paths to cut congestion and pollution and fund the MTA make congestion tolls look like a cheap parlor trick.

July 12, 2024

Friday’s Headlines: Department of Victim Blaming Edition

Traffic deaths in the city are on pace to reach their highest number since at least 2013 — and DOT is reportedly blaming "jaywalking." Plus more news.

July 12, 2024

‘Suburban’ Queens Stalwarts Take Hard Line Against Housing — To Rest of City’s Detriment

“That's what they bought in the suburbs for, that's why they raised their family in the suburbs," said Council Member Joann Ariola, whose district contains 14 subway stations.

July 11, 2024

DOT Seeks New Camera Enforcement Contract to Better Catch Obscured License Plates

The city's current contractor has let hundreds of thousands of reckless drivers off the hook.

July 11, 2024
See all posts