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From: “Caroline Samponaro, TransAlt” <feedback>
Subject: Tonight in Brooklyn: Vigil for Edwin Ajacalon, Age 14, Killed on His Bike
Date: 27 November 2017 at 17:44:25 GMT
To: “Steven Edwards” <stevenaedwards>
Reply-To: “Caroline Samponaro, TransAlt” <feedback>
On Saturday, at the corner of 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a speeding driver in a BMW struck a child on a bicycle. The child was named Edwin Ajacalon. Edwin was dragged under the car for half a block. He was pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital. Edwin was only 14 years old.
Edwin’s death was preventable. Speed cameras directly reduce speed-related crashes. People on bikes are saved every day by protected bike lanes. Governor Andrew Cuomo must expand the speed safety camera program, and Mayor Bill de Blasio must build a network of protected bike lanes, all of which could have prevented Edwin’s death.
Please join Edwin’s uncle Estuardo Vicente, Transportation Alternatives, Families for Safe Streets, Council Member Carlos Menchaca, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, as we remember Edwin Ajacalon, and demand that our leaders take immediate action to push for the safe systems they know can save lives. Will you stand with us tonight?
WHAT: Community Vigil for Edwin Ajacalon and Ghost Bike Installation WHEN: Tonight! Monday, November 27th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm WHERE: 23rd Street and 5th Avenue
Edwin Ajacalon was a recent immigrant from Guatemala. His uncle described him as a hard worker, who sent every dollar he could home to his family, and who had big dreams to build a home for his parents someday. His death is unconscionable, and a grievous loss to New York City.
No one should be killed riding their bicycle, and no one should feel comfortable speeding on New York City streets. Stand with us tonight to show Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo the strength of our demand for a protected bike lane network, speed safety cameras in every New York City school zone, and truly safe streets.
Thank you for all you do for this movement —