Activists demand traffic safety improvements after little girl’s death

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Luz Gonzalez died Sunday after a woman ran her over while crossing the sidewalk to exit the laundromat's parking lot. Luz Gonzalez died Sunday after a woman ran her over while crossing the sidewalk to exit the laundromat's parking lot.
BUSHWICK -

Borough President Eric Adams joined activists to march for safer streets Wednesday, days after a driver struck and killed a 4-year-old girl outside a Bushwick laundromat.

Marchers say they've seen enough fatal car crashes this year. And too many, they say, killed children.

Luz Gonzalez died Sunday after a woman ran her over while crossing the sidewalk to exit the laundromat's parking lot. The Department of Buildings is investigating the safety of the layout.

The family says they also want to see the parking lot shut down. They say it is dangerous because cars have to drive along the sidewalk in order to exit into the street.

The march ended at a memorial set up in the laundromat parking lot. Adams laid a bouquet and lit a candle in memory of the girl.

The city medical examiner ruled the death accidental. The cause was blunt force trauma to the head.

The girl's mother also suffered minor injuries.

The borough president's office says Luz's death is the ninth of a child fatally struck by a car this year.

Marchers demanded that state leaders in Albany address the issue by agreeing to guarantee a vote on the extension of the city's school-based speed camera program.

The driver has not been charged with a crime, even though she left the scene. Police say she did not know she'd run anyone over until they stopped her several blocks away.

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