Councilman responds to deadly Greenpoint accident
by Andrew Shilling
Mar 12, 2014 | 1727 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso call for full review of Williamsburg streets last week
Council Members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso call for full review of Williamsburg streets last week
Councilman Stephen Levin wrote a letter to Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Monday for a full review of North Brooklyn streets in response to a deadly Greenpoint motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Emergency crews received a call regarding a vehicle collision near the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Green Street on Sunday afternoon, however by the time officers responded to the scene, 47-year-old Jorge Rios was already unconscious and unresponsive.

The Maspeth man was pronounced dead on arrival by the time he made it to Bellevue Hospital.

Police say Rios’ 2001 Suzuki motorcycle was traveling northbound on Manhattan Avenue when it struck the passenger side of a 2007 Lexus sedan driven by a 71-year-old man.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first time this type of tragedy has occurred on this stretch of Manhattan Avenue,” Levin wrote to the commissioner following news of the accident. “Last summer, Jakub Kizer, an 18-year old resident of Greenpoint, lost his life in a crash on Manhattan Avenue while riding his motorcycle, this time where Manhattan meets Eagle Street.”

Levin, who lives just one block from the site of the deadly crash on Sunday, said he is looking for additional, “traffic signals, daylighting of intersections or other such solutions,” to reduce the risk of further tragedy in the community.

“I am requesting that the DOT conduct a full review of all Manhattan Avenue intersections in Greenpoint and explore ways to increase visibility and safety,” he wrote. “I strongly believe that engineering improvements on Manhattan Avenue will make our community safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists alike and I thank you for your consideration.”

A representative with the DOT said they received Levin’s letter and are currently reviewing the request.

“We appreciate his input and look forward to continuing our work with his office to improve safety on Manhattan Avenue, and across the city, as we look to prevent future traffic fatalities as part of the Vision Zero initiative,” the spokesperson said.

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