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West Hempstead students push for safety precautions on road where 2 classmates were killed

The students took their concern to state Assembly Member Ed Ra, who told them a traffic light is currently in the process of being added on Woodfield Road.

Mar 31, 2023, 9:44 PM

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A group of West Hempstead students are focusing on making a local street safer in honor of their friends.
Four people were killed in traffic accidents on Woodfield Road over the past two years. Two of the victims were West Hempstead students.
Seventh grader Tomas Molina was killed in October 2022 while crossing Woodfield Road, and 17-year-old Amanda Arguinzoni died in a crash on the same road in October 2021.
"We still see speeding on Woodfield Road, and all of us, we don't want to see our best friend or brother or sister be the next victim," said Corey Pierce, a West Hempstead High School student.
That's why a group of high school seniors and seventh graders are making safety on Woodfield Road the focus of their civic awareness project.
The students researched ways to improve road safety and conducted a traffic study with the help of their physics teacher.
High school student Gabriella Koodsia says they found out that people could travel from Nassau Boulevard at 100 mph and on Woodfield Road, they could hit a maximum of over 120 mph.
They say cars are constantly speeding on the stretch of road because there are no traffic lights to slow them down.
The students took their concern to state Assembly Member Ed Ra, who told them a traffic light is currently in the process of being added on Woodfield Road.
They say they plan to follow up to make sure it happens.
"Hopefully we'll push them further to speed up the process of adding a traffic light," says Joselyn Henriques, a West Hempstead High School student.
The students say they are also looking into the possibility of putting a speedometer on Woodfield Road.


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