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On June 15th, at 4:45 AM, local BPC resident Roberta Kahan was walking her dog across South End Avenue at the dangerous West Thames Street intersection, when a Volkswagen ran into her. She bounced off of the windshield and landed on the West side of South End. She suffered cuts and bruises to her head and a strained shoulder. She was taken to Bellevue Hospital and released.
This intersection is one of the hotspots that BatteryPark.TV has fought to have corrected with traffic lights. The City DOT was set to install lights when the BPCA intervened and told them not to do so. Instead, ineffective stop signs hidden by trees were installed.
The BPCA is taking its sweet time to now “study” the problem and has hired Stantec to design a plan to change all of South End Avenue. The more reputable urban design firm PPS was rejected despite submitting an RFP that was nearly half the cost of Stantec.
Dennis Mehiel is the CEO of the BPCA, appointed by Governor Cuomo. Shari Hyman is the president of the BPCA.
For unknown reasons, the local advertising fliers, such as the Broadsheet, did not report on this hit and run accident. The publisher, Robert Simko, and most of the CB1, were all aware of it.