Unfortunately, we have another tragic traffic death to report in the neighborhood. At 1:30am on Sunday (3/2), 21-year-old Marisol Martinez was struck and killed by an MTA bus at the corner of Union and Meeker in Williamsburg. She was walking south on Union Ave when she was hit by the Q59, which was making a left turn on Meeker.
Emergency crews rushed her to Woodhall, where she was pronounced dead on arrival. Family members gathered at the scene shortly after and told reporters that Marisol was on her way home from work when she was hit. According to CBS News, the bus driver, a 50-year-old woman was uninjured but clearly shaken up by the incident.
Marisol lived in Bushwick and was studying nursing at Hunter College. Her cousin who she was walking with said that they had the green light to cross and that they looked both ways. He told DNAInfo that the bus “came out of nowhere.”
According to the blog, Iquantny, Williamsburg (which is clumped in with Greenpoint) had the most fatal traffic accidents in 2013 (8 total) in all of NYC. One of those was on McGuinness and Nassau (where a woman was hit and killed), two were on or by the BQE (one cyclist and one driver) and the rest were on Broadway in South Williamsburg.
Council members Stephen Levin and Antonio Reynoso called a press conference on the afternoon of the incident. They called on Mayor de Blasio to make North Brooklyn a top priority for the implementation of his recent campaign to eliminate traffic deaths in NYC, Vision Zero, which will combine education and strong enforcement to reduce speeding (more 20mph zones), distracted driving, and failure to yield to pedestrians.
Let’s hope it works. Our thoughts go out to Marisol’s family. Please be safe out there and extra careful when crossing these dangerous intersections.