Diesel Demons in Our Neighborhoods
One Sunday evening in July, an 18-wheel tractor trailer truck leaving the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx struck six-year-old Crystal Vargas as she rode her bicycle on a traffic island a few blocks from her home. She died two days later from severe injuries. The truck that killed Crystal was careening along one of the few streets not designated as a truck route on the Hunts Point peninsula. In response to the tragedy, the community demonstrated against the non-existent enforcement of city-designated truck routes. The Vargas family and enraged friends and neighbors gathered to create a human chain at the crash location, shutting down traffic for 20 minutes.
As these huge trucks continue to menace our local streets unabated, T.A. proposes simple yet visible measures to discourage trucks from driving down neighborhood streets.