Police want changes to dangerous Glendale road
Feb 16, 2016 | 15065 views | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Captain Mackie speaks at the monthly GCOP meeting.
Captain Mackie speaks at the monthly GCOP meeting.
After a near fatal single-car crash, police in Glendale are calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reexamine traffic near a problem intersection.

According to Captain Gregory Mackie of the 104th Precinct, the accident occurred last week at the intersection of Cypress Hills Street and 80th Avenue, a common problem area for speeding.

A witness said that a Suburu and another car were at a stoplight on Cypress Hills Street when one of the vehicles began to rev its engine, Mackie reported at the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol meeting last week.

As the vehicles sped off, while navigating a turn the Suburu crashed into a wall, trapping the driver and ejecting the passenger from the vehicle.

“I don't know how the guy is still alive,” Mackie reported.

Both of the victims are 22-years-old and suffered what are expected to be non-life-threatening injuries.

This isn't the first time in the past year that police have investigated an accident on Cypress Hills Street, a road Mackie called a “death trap.”

Last September, a 38-year-old motorcyclist was killed after the male driver struck a street sign and subsequently a utility pole. Police believe speed was also a factor in that accident.

Mackie said the road is particularly dangerous because of several turns and the bad sight lines created by hills.

“You can't see anything beyond the crest,” Mackie said. “You could have a line of cars just stacked at a red light.”

Mackie called on the DOT to examine the intersection and consider installing rumble strips and reducing the speed limit 20 miles per hour. He added that putting up orange sticks to narrow the lanes could also be a deterrent for speeding drivers.

“The area's in need of a lot more signage,” Mackie added.

(Patrick Kearns)

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