Long Island’s Killer Road Claims Another Life

There is terrible news out of Wantagh, NY, where Newsday reports that 14-year-old Brittany Vega was struck and killed while crossing Sunrise Highway on her way to school this morning. Sunrise Highway, a state road, is the second-deadliest road for pedestrians in the entire NYC metropolitan region according to a TSTC analysis. (The deadliest is Hempstead Turnpike, also on Long Island.) Per the article:

The freshman was struck by a westbound car as she tried to cross Sunrise near the intersection of Wantagh Avenue at 6:20 a.m. She was pronounced dead 35 minutes later at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, leaving behind a backpack on the sidewalk – and a grieving family, who thought she was headed safely to school on the bus.

“She wasn’t allowed to cross that big road,” [mother] Sandi Vega said at the family home on Beech Street, just a few blocks south of the crash scene.

“I was very protective that way,” she said, crying.

Sunrise Highway has much in common with other dangerous roads. It is what traffic engineers call an “arterial” — a wide road that is designed for speed and is difficult to cross — but runs through population centers and is lined with stores and destinations that generate pedestrian traffic.