Pedestrian safety vigil held in Bushwick

The vigil was held on the anniversary of 23-year-old Ella Bandes' death.

The vigil was held on the anniversary of 23-year-old Ella Bandes' death. (1/26/14)

BUSHWICK - A vigil was held this evening in memory of New York City pedestrians killed in traffic accidents and also to call for more safety measures. 

The vigil was held on the anniversary of Ella Bandes' death. The 23-year-old was killed a year ago when she was struck by an MTA bus on Wycoff and Palmetto streets in Bushwick.

People attending the vigil say they want to see changes made to protect others from future accidents. Amy Cohen, whose 12-year-old son Samuel Cohen-Eckstein was hit and killed by a van in Park Slope last October, says she wants automated enforcement to make sure drivers are abiding by the speed limit. 

Those at the vigil expressed support for Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Vision Zero" plan, which calls for more hidden traffic cameras and improvements on the most dangerous streets throughout the city.

Advocates say nearly 300 people were killed in traffic accidents last year in the city.

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