MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – Maria Caraballo, a crossing guard in Mount Vernon, said the intersection of Lincoln and Fletcher avenues by Lincoln Elementary School is dangerous to cross for schoolchildren.
Speaking before the City Council on Wednesday night, Caraballo warned of the dangers of the intersection, which she said include no flashing school lights, because they have been broken for more than a year, and no crosswalk since the street was repaved.
“This intersection is an accident waiting to happen, “Caraballo said. “Children will get hurt. Something needs to be done.”
Caraballo said that for the three months she has been stationed at that intersection, she has seen four people nearly get killed. She said cars will go around buses in the middle of the street, not caring about oncoming traffic. Caraballo said many parents will drop their children off across the street from the school, which creates the potential for an accident.
“We can’t be at every corner,” Caraballo said. “I’ve witnessed high school students wait for a truck to stop at the traffic light so they can hop on the back of it. If they had fallen, the person behind them would have killed them. We need more police presence.”
Council member Karen Watts-Yehudah agreed with Caraballo that the intersection is dangerous and said she would make phone calls to help fix the problem. Council member Roberta Apuzzo said she will do whatever she can to make all crosswalks safer.
“When you look across the city you see the love and respect the crossing guards have for the kids and their parents,” Apuzzo said. “I don’t want to see anything bad happen.”
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