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Town hall addressing pedestrian safety to be held Wednesday, following death of Jackson Heights man

Jan. 24, 2017 Staff Report

Several local politicians are hosting a pedestrian safety town hall meeting Wednesday in response to a car accident that killed a man while he was crossing the street last week.

The town hall will begin at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights at 37-06 77th Street and will feature presentations from the 115th police precinct, the Department of Transportation and activist group Transportation Alternatives.

Each group will also take questions and lead a discussion about pedestrian safety with those in attendance.

Council Member Daniel Dromm is hosting the town hall, along with Congressman Joe Crowley, State Senator Jose Peralta, Assemblyman Francisco Moya and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker, all of whom will also make remarks.

The meeting comes on the heels of an accident last Wednesday that killed a 67-year-old man.

Police said 67-year-old Henry Boimel was crossing the street near 76th Street and 37th Avenue last night around 7:30 p.m. when an Uber driver turned right on to 76th Street and hit him in the crosswalk. Though he was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, he was pronounced dead on arrival due to severe head trauma.

Police charged the driver with failing to yield to a crosswalk.

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