NEW YORK (PIX11) – On Monday the city once again witnessed a sense of loss all too familiar. This time hundreds gathered for the funeral of 9-year-old Cooper Stock, killed by a taxi cab as they crossed the street towards their house this weekend. Witnesses described the screams of his father, a doctor himself, trying to revive his son but forced to watch him die.
“The boy was slumped over the hood of the cab, and at one point he was placed on the floor,” a witness told PIX11. “The father lay beside him.”
The lack of pedestrian safety is evolving from an issue into a public safety emergency. As with nearly all cases of pedestrian deaths involving a sober driver, no charges are filed. And indeed in Cooper’s case the driver was issued a summons, and allowed to leave.
The deaths of several children across the city have advocates demanding that simple changes be made that would immediately save lives. Current laws lack the teeth to prosecute cases that involve negligence, and prosecutors are reluctant to pursue garages against drivers.
A vigil will be held on Wednesday January 15th at 6:30 p.m. The location will be the intersection where Cooper was killed at 97th street and West End Avenue.