Jazmine Marin was killed while another unidentified 13-year-old girl was injured, but she is in stable condition at an area hospital. The 55-year-old driver remained at the scene and has not been charged with any crime.
The accident prompted elected officials to question why there aren’t more safety regulations in place for students who are forced to cross the busy roadway.
“Today's accident unfortunately highlights a major issue that parents and families in Ozone Park have been fighting against for months,” said State Senator Joseph Addabbo. “The idea of having young students cross this roadway has been a serious safety concern.”
Addabbo said he plans to fight for additional crossing guards, better crosswalks and more appropriate zoning for schools to eliminate students crossing busy roads.
Stacey Pheffer Amato, who is running for the Assembly seat that will soon be vacated by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, said the incident underscores the importance of keeping the new Albert Road school zoned for local student.
A proposal by the Department of Education would have had some of the students living on the other side of Cross Bay Boulevard.
“While we await the full details of this tragedy, it has long been clear to our community that this particular intersection is a danger to students on their way to and from class,” said Pheffer “Forcing students to navigate Cross Bay Boulevard during the morning and afternoon rush hour will only increase the potential for accidents.”