Community leaders call for action on increasing pedestrian fatalities

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A resident at Columbia University Medical Center was killed crossing the street in front of her apartment building on the Upper West Side.

Samantha Lee, 26, was crossing 96th Street mid block between Broadway and West End Avenue at 4:45 Sunday morning when she was first clipped by the driver’s side mirror of  a St. Luke’s Hospital ambulance, causing her to fall face down.

She was then run over by a Dodge Charger and pronounced dead at the scene.

A few hours earlier, Pedro Santiago, 45, was on a bicycle when he was struck and killed by a city bus on 125th Street near Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

The lives of two more pedestrians were taken Saturday in Queens—a 68-year-old woman killed by an unlicensed driver, and a homeless man by an SUV.

On the same day, a woman’s leg was severed when a cement truck slammed into her.

The rash of weekend tragedies comes just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a pedestrian safety initiative, that includes cameras to catch speeders  and lowering speed limits.

“It’s  a great plan,” said Andrew Albert, co-chair of community board 7’s transportation committee.  “I hope the city council moves on it quickly.  Unfortunately, this section of 96th Street has become a speedway.

If there’s any place that cries out for red light cameras it’s 96th Street where you have an entrance and exit from the Henry Hudson Parkway.”

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