PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — City officials will be joined by members of the Department of Transportation for a walkthrough of a Vision Zero safety redesign nearing completion at an intersection in Park Slope where a crash killed two children and an unborn baby.
The nearly mile-long stretch is close to completion after neighbors and safety advocates have called for the proven life-saving redesign.
The old design left pedestrians and cyclists vulnerable to being struck, which happened in March when two mothers walking with their kids were hit along Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue.
Actress Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, who goes by the stage name Ruthie Ann Miles, was walking with friend Lauren Lew and their two young children. Blumenstein’s 4-year-old daughter and Lew’s 1-year-old son were killed.
Blumenstein’s unborn child died months later.
The intersection where the tragedy happened will now have a buffer of parked cars to protect the bike lane and the exposed pedestrian crossing space will be shortened, creating a wider median for walkers, which serves to slow drivers by cutting parking space by 10 percent.
The redesign also includes additions of islands and repainting.
Dorothy Bruns, 44, was behind the wheel at the time of the crash. She had ignored a doctor’s advice and drove. She since has been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault.