WOODSIDE, Queens (PIX11) – City Hall is only eight and a half miles away from the Woodside, Queens intersection of 61st Street and Northern Boulevard.
But it might as well be a world away for the family of eight-year old Noshat Nahian.
A tractor trailer driver, with a suspended license, struck and killed Noshat as he walked to school on December 20, 2013.
Thursday, five months after the boy’s death, City Council took decisive action, bolstering Mayor de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative with seventeen pieces of legislation aimed at eliminating traffic related deaths over the next decade.
The Nahian family supported the effort back then and they are grateful now.
Taxi and livery cab drivers now face a heightened level of accountability and can have their driving privileges suspended, or even revoked if they kill or maim a pedestrian who has the right of way.
Not surprisingly, that did not sit well with protesting taxi drivers who attended the hearing.
But the Nahian family says it’s on board with stiffer penalties and slower speed zones, if they’ll save another family from this kind of heartache that simply doesn’t go way.