Elected officials are demanding the city Transportation Department “expedite” a traffic study on a busy Brooklyn intersection after a speeding car struck and killed a cyclist there.
Jose Alzorriz, 52, of Park Slope, died Sunday after a motorist blew through a red light at the corner of Coney Island Ave. and Avenue L and struck another vehicle, which then careened into the bicyclist.
That was the second crash that’s killed a biker on Coney Island Ave this year. Maria del Carmen Porras Hernandez was killed in a crash on the corner of Coney Island and Church Aves. in July.
Alzorriz was the 19th biker death in the city so far this year.
On Wednesday, elected officials vented their frustration over the mounting death toll in a letter to city Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.
“We write to urge the Department of Transportation to expedite the planned traffic safety study of Coney Island Ave.,” the letter states. “Urgent action is required to prevent dangerous driving and additional fatalities on a demonstrably hazardous street.”
The letter ? signed by City Councilmen Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene, Assemblyman Robert Carroll and state Sen. Andrew Gounardes — goes on to cite a report which revealed that between July 2018 and July 2019, there were 578 crashes on the stretch of Coney Island Ave. between Caton Ave. and Avenue P.
The Transportation Department plans to make safety improvements at the corner of Coney Island Ave. and Church Ave. and is now studying a northern stretch of the thoroughfare, from Park Circle to Caton Ave., according to the letter.
The officials who signed it described those as “important steps,” but not enough.
“To the families of Maria del Carmen Porras Hernandez and Jose Alzorriz, we owe everything we can do to redesign our streets and get reckless drivers off the roads before another family loses a loved one,” Lander said. “We can’t wait any longer for urgent changes to this hazardous corridor.”
The Transportation Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.