ELMONT - Hempstead Turnpike has once again lived up to its reputation for being the most dangerous roadway on the Island for pedestrians.
A 72-year-old man was hit by a car yesterday while crossing the roadway near Sterling Road in Elmont. The man died today at a hospital, police say. His identity has not yet been released.
According to Newsday, between 2005 and 2010, as many as 32 pedestrians died and about 400 were injured along the 16 miles of Hempstead Turnpike, also known as Route 24.
Some traffic engineers have faulted the Department of Transportation (DOT) for not installing enough pedestrian crossings. While the DOT insists that it has made improvements within its limited budget, Ryan Lynch, of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, says it's not enough.
"The fatality rate continues, and we need to see more effective traffic-calming measures," he says.
State DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald says upon hearing News 12 Long Island reports on the dangerous highway, "significant safety improvements" will be made on Route 24 in the next one to three months.
Newsday report: Route 24 is LI's deadliest road