Motorists & Parking

Reckless Driving Kills

Dangerous driving accounts for 40 percent of the people killed in car crashes in New York City. Drivers who speed, fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk, and drive distracted have devastated families who have lost loved ones. DOT’s new ad campaign to combat dangerous driving captures the images of grieving family members at the fatal crash sites of their loved ones, asking New Yorkers to slow down and drive with caution.

On September 24th, 2005, Audrey Anderson's son Andre was riding his bicycle on Shorefront Parkway. As he was making his way home that evening, he was hit from behind by an SUV and killed. Andre was only 14 years old. He was Audrey's oldest child, her only son, and the love of her life. Audrey describes him as a young man with a beautiful soul, saying that "Andre was a very smart and vibrant individual who loved life. He possessed one of the most beautiful personalities I could ever imagine.” Andre’s loss pains Audrey every day: “I surely miss him and will always cherish all the great memories we shared. Andre was only 14 but we shared a beautiful life. He can never be forgotten.”

On November 28th, 2009, David Shephard and his fiancée Sonya Powell spent a long day of Black Friday shopping. Sonya was struck, and killed, by a driver at a crosswalk on Baychester Avenue. The driver of the vehicle sped away, leaving her body, shopping bags and gifts strewn across the street. Sonya was a well-loved, hard worker, who went out of her way to help others in her job as a nurse’s aide to the elderly. David and Sonya had not yet had a chance to set the date for their upcoming wedding. David describes his fiancée as a loving woman. “She meant everything to me.”