Rally held in Levittown to make Hempstead Tpke. safer

Dozens of people gathered today on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown in an effort to make the notorious road safer after it has claimed yet another

LEVITTOWN - Dozens of people gathered today on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown in an effort to make the notorious road safer after it has claimed yet another life.

Anthony D'Alessandro, 16, was struck and killed while trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike less than two weeks ago.

Today, the teen's close friend James Fragella organized the rally not only to show support for the victim's family, but also to sign a petition to get a pedestrian bridge built.

"You have two schools on either side of the Turnpike and a public library that can't be utilized by everybody because they can't cross the roads safely," says Joseph Fragella.

Hempstead Turnpike is known as one of the most dangerous roads on Long Island. A few months ago, a Newsday investigation found that it is the bloodiest roadway for pedestrians.

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