Senator Parker Calls For End To Hit & Run Accidents

Kevin S. Parker

July 25, 2008

Department of Transportation urged to take action in traffic calming studies 

Brooklyn, NY, - - State Senator Kevin Parker, elected officials, clergy and members of latest hit and run accident victim’s family assembled today on the corner of East 43rd and Avenue D to implore the Department of Transportation to respond to traffic calming requests.

Less than a week ago, an 11-year-old boy, Rondell Grant Jr., attending a family barbecue in the residential East Flatbush area was struck in front of horrified relatives by a speeding hit-and-run driver. Rondell died shortly after arriving at Kings County Hospital. He was one of nine children and had recently completed the fifth grade.

" It should not have to take the deaths of our children for the DOT to take action, said Senator Parker.  Making our streets safer is everyone’s responsibility”.

Standing in full support with Senator Parker at the press conference was Assemblyman Nick Perry (D-58).  “This tragedy would not have occurred if preventive measures were taken by the DOT, said Assemblyman Perry.  I fully support Sen. Parker in requesting that speed humps be placed to eliminate speeding within our community.”

Anita Goodman , Rondell’s grandmother, supports Senator’s Parker call for speed humps not just on her block but where needed within the district.

“My office has continuously received complaints from residents in the community and for several years I have requested traffic calming studies.  I am no longer requesting future studies from the DOT, now it is time to demand action, said Sen. Parker”.

About Senator Kevin Parker

Senator Kevin Parker is committed to restoring the overall quality of life for the constituents of the 21st Senate District in Brooklyn. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Senator Parker has been a Flatbush resident for more than 30 years. Having been nurtured, schooled and employed in the district, Senator Parker is intimately familiar with the needs of this ethnically diverse community that consists of 311,000 constituents in several communities which include: Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park.