Crossing Guard to Monitor Streets Near Deadly Red Hook Intersection: Police
RED HOOK — A school crossing guard will be stationed near a deadly intersection in Red Hook where a teenage boy was struck and killed by a car Monday, police said.
Nicholas Soto, 14, was running to catch the city bus to school when he was hit by a 2004 BMW at Hicks and Lorraine Streets about 6:50 a.m. Monday, police said. The teen was taken to Methodist Hospital and pronounced dead.
Capt. Justin Lenz, commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, which includes Red Hook, is planning to assign a crossing guard to Lorraine and Columbia streets, one block from where Nicholas was killed, he said at a recent community council meeting.
After the teen’s death, residents of Red Hook Houses East, where the victim lived, called for a speed bump or traffic light to slow oncoming traffic on Lorraine Street.
While traffic infrastructure requires capital funds and approval from the city, crossing guards, who are appointed by the precinct, are an immediate step that can be taken towards safer streets, Lenz said.
He added that the new crossing guard would be stationed in September, noting there was a possibility a guard would be posted for the remainder of this school year.
The investigation into Nicholas’ death is ongoing.