Another crash on Mazeau
by Heather Senison
Dec 21, 2011 | 5239 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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Residents on Mazeau Street off Grand Avenue in Maspeth suffered another hit last Wednesday afternoon when a parked Chevrolet Traverse owned by a staff member at P.S. 58 was smashed into a tree by an unknown vehicle exiting the Long Island Expressway service road.

Half of Mazeau Street is a one way heading away from the expressway, but the half closer to Grand Avenue is a two-way. The street includes a blind curve, which residents said is why their parked cars are plagued by accidents at least once a year.

Robert Mierzwinski, a Mazeau resident, said as he stood next to the accident, which also took out brick fencing bordering the front yard of the closest house, that he saw a black Chevrolet Suburban speed up the street, almost hit an unknown woman before smashing into the Traverse.

The driver then drove away, Mierzwinski said.

Residents on the street fight an ongoing battle to get Mazeau changed into a one-way towards the expressway.

"When somebody goes [off the expressway], they don't know it's a two-way street and they try to avoid a hit so they go this way," Mierzwinski said, motioning towards the sidewalk.

Another resident said his mother, Linda Daquaro, frequents Community Board 5 meetings to request the street be converted to a one-way because a family member's BMW was totaled last year by a drunk driver speeding down the block.

In addition, due to the school up the street, "there's a decent amount of foot traffic every day on the block," he said. "It's dangerous having cars fly down like this."

Gary Giordano, district manager for Community Board 5, said the board is trying to get the one-way conversion approved by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

"We have a recommendation into the DOT that they study [Mazeau Street] for the purpose of converting it to a one way south," he said at a recent community board meeting. "No word yet as to whether it will happen, they still need to get back to Community Board 5."

A DOT representative said the request is being evaluated by the Traffic Planning Division.

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