The intersection of Waters and Clinton B. Fiske Avenues in Staten Island is becoming one of the more dangerous places in the city. Just ask Ken Bach, who lives there.
“We’ve had six people injured in the last six months,” he told me. That’s six people in three separate accidents. And each time, at least one of the vehicles wound up in Bach’s yard or on his property.
Lori Ortega, a teacher at nearby PS thirty, described what happened to her last November.
“On November 26th of last year I was coming after school down Waters Avenue; and had stopped at the stop sign and was clear to go. I was about three fourths of the way through the intersection when I was t-boned by a truck coming at a fairly high rate of speed. My car spun two or three times and I ended up on Bach’s front lawn.”
All these people want is a stop sign so that vehicles on both streets have to stop. They say it’s especially important with PS thirty nearby and school kids walking here during the day. But so far, Ken Bach says, they’re appeal is getting nowhere with the city Department of Transportation.
“It’s been universally denied. I’ve put in a few requests, neighborhood residents have put request for about ten years. And they’re told there are not enough accidents. There’s not enough speed and it’s not warranted.”
So, on June third I called the DOT. I asked them to send out an inspector to meet us at the intersection to see what’s going on here on a daily basis.
We’ll see what the DOT does. Meanwhile, the residents hope they get action before someone is seriously hurt, or worse.
“It’s long overdue,” says Bach.