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Levittown Teens Rally For Safer Hempstead Turnpike

The rally was organized by friends of the recently deceased Anthony D'Alessandro.

Anthony D'Alessandro's death inspired numerous Levittown teens to rally for a safer Hempstead Turnpike Saturday. 

According to News 12, the rally was organized by D'Alessandro's close friend James Fragella.

The teens also circulated a petition to get a pedestrian bridge installed across Hempstead Turnpike, according to News 12.

D'Alessandro was killed on April 4 while attempting to cross Hempstead Turnpike just past Division Avenue. He was 16.

His death is the second in as many years of a Levittown teen on the roadway. 19-year-old Peter Thearle died after being hit at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and Gardiners Avenue last June.

A recent survey by the Tri-State Transportation Corporation rated Hempstead Turnpike the most dangerous road in the tri-state area.

Last Tuesday, the Town of Hempstead passed legislation designed to make streets like Hempstead Turnpike safer.

Levittown resident Tom Caro met with state officials and politicians in March to make the case for safer streets.

JF April 17, 2012 at 05:42 AM
Again people we are talking about a 16 year old boy. The fact that one girl interviewed said that he was drinking was Bull... Let me ask you this If he was in sump as so many have stated why was he struck in the West bound lanes. The girl interviewed said he was leaving the sump and going across when struck when in fact he was coming from opposite side heading to the sump.. Just saying get facts straight before you judge. And to get back on subject the fact is this road has been named deadliest road for pedestrians around period. I dont remember hearing only if you were drunk. For you people to say that these kids are all trying to get drunk or they would only use the bridge to hide to get drunk are wrong. I saw dozens of faces at rally that will never forget what happened to Anthony and because of that they would use this bridge...
Mom of 3 April 17, 2012 at 03:04 PM
JF, they may use the bridge initially but then the "novelty" will wear off. Many of these pedestrians were not crossing in a crosswalk at a traffic signal. What makes you think that they will walk the extra distance to the bridge when they didn't utilize the traffic signals to begin with? The young man did not deserve to die but caution might have saved him.
Mac April 17, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Jf I wonder how many of these accidents occurred when the pedestrians were crossing at the crosswalk and using good safety while crossing. The bridge is a unrealistic costly knee jerk reaction. If either of the teens were cautious and use the crosswalk these tragedies may not have happened. As far as these kids remembering what happened just last night I witnessed to boys ride skateboards across the turnpike to see the memorial in the same spot the boy was struck. Last week about a day after two boys walked in front of the stopped bus by the memorial into the stret put their hands up to stop traffic then when the motorist beeped gave him the finger. They may never forget what happened because a boy died but they need to also be aware of the dangers when not being safe. That goes for sober or drink makes no difference. Please tell me where you would want the bridge and it's purpose. The turnpike would need about a dozen land bridges. Pedestrians need to be more responsible for their actions as do motorists.
DK April 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
While the bridge sounds like a good-hearted idea, it isn't logical. People are not going to walk a quarter mile out of the way just to cross a bridge and walk another quarter mile back to where they were trying to cross to. Or any amount of distance for that matter. You'd still have people just crossing where they want, and tax money wasted.
Levittown Taxi June 20, 2012 at 01:05 AM
If Anthony was not under any the influence, Why was it reported by the NCPD at the library regarding the proposed Levittown North Bowling location property? At the meeting they repoted that he was.

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