Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and other officials are calling for new pedestrian safety measures following the death of a 6-year-old boy who was killed on his way to school in East Harlem last week.
Stringer says he wants tougher traffic-calming measures and improved enforcement of existing laws on streets where children walk to school.
This weekend, family and friends said goodbye to Amar Diarrassouba. The 6-year-old was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer Thursday morning at the intersection of First Avenue and East 117th Street.
The first-grader and his older brother were walking to P.S. 155 when the accident occurred. His brother wasn’t hurt.
Police said the crossing guard, 55-year old Flavia Roman, called-in to say she was at work, but wasn’t at her post when the boy was hit.
Roman told police she stepped away for an emergency bathroom break, but sources told CBS 2 that she never showed up for work. Her whereabouts are under investigation.
Roman was suspended without pay for 30 days and criminal charges are still possible.
The truck driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian and failing to use due care (source).
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