SMITHTOWN - An Islip teen who was crossing a Smithtown intersection with her sister when they were struck by a car yesterday talked to News 12 Long Island about the accident.
Mabel Burgos says she was taking her 9-year-old sister, Melody, to buy sheet music for her scheduled performance at the New York State School Music Association Festival when they were hit.
Mabel suffered minor injuries after being hit by what officials say was a Lexus traveling westbound on East Main Street, but Melody remains in an induced coma after suffering brain damage.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, at least two other people have been killed at the same intersection.
Levina Sipes says the tragic story hits close to home because her 11-year-old daughter, Courtney, was killed while crossing the same street back in 2009.
Two months ago, war hero Seamus Byrne was hit and killed by a car on the same road, which has been ranked as one of the most dangerous roads for walking in the tri-state area.
Over the past few months, the state Department of Transportation has tried to make Main Street safer by adding countdown clocks at the crosswalks, making it illegal to turn right on red at the intersection and building a pedestrian fence to stop jaywalking.
However, experts say the biggest problem is speeding. Eric Alexander, a member of the Tri-state Transportation Campaign board, says drivers still don't treat the stretch of road like a downtown shopping area.
Pedestrians say there is a need for more police enforcement or even red light cameras to slow down drivers.