Friday, 02 October 2009 00:00
On April 2, 2009 at approximately 7 p.m. at the intersection of Third Street and Roslyn Road in Mineola, I was struck by an unknown vehicle. I was walking across the street directly in front of the entrance to Birchwood Court Co-op. To date, the police have yet to apprehend a suspect in this case. I was treated at Winthrop-University Hospital as a result from said accident wherein I suffered injuries to my left arm and left leg requiring hours of surgery to both, as well as additional injuries. Later, I was discharged to Orzac Rehabilitation for physical therapy in Valley Stream where I had to undergo sub-acute therapy to my left arm and leg. Currently, I am still out of work awaiting my next surgery to my left elbow, which is scheduled for November 2, 2009. After, I will be home recovering wherein the physical therapy will become more intense.
Since the beginning of August, Birchwood Court conspicuously placed a large sign in front of the Birchwood complex where it reads “Nassau County, We Need a Light Here.” This is among many of the steps the residents of the Birchwood community have taken to secure a traffic light. Birchwood Court has been asking for years to have a streetlight here to protect the pedestrians. This intersection needs a traffic light as drivers do not have enough time to see residents crossing in front of Birchwood as they drive from under the new underpass. Vehicles exceed the posted 20-mile speed limit by twice the speed. The county thought the 20-mile speed limit was adequate. The new underpass was placed there by the MTA recently.
The Birchwood Court Board of Directors submitted a petition signed by residents of Birchwood to Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi requesting a traffic light at this intersection. The light should have a tripper device so it does not hold up traffic on Roslyn Road. Mayor Jack Martins and County Legislator Richard Nicolello have also joined Birchwood Co-op’s efforts to obtain a light.
It is desperately needed as I do not want to see anyone else injured because no light was there to prevent it. This light is an important fixture for the community, as having no traffic light represents a danger to the quality of life here. I urge residents to notify the county executive and stress the importance of a traffic light here to prevent anyone from getting injured. I know a traffic light here will prevent further people from getting hurt or killed.