DOB orders shutdown of parking lot where 4-year-old girl was killed

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The city's Department of Buildings is ordering the removal of a Bushwick parking lot where a 4-year-old girl was killed.

The owner of a laundromat at 82 Wyckoff Ave. was told to remove all cars and parking stripes from the lot and to install barricades to stop vehicles from coming back in.

The DOB is also saying that further action may take place in the area.

The decision comes less than two weeks after Luz Gonzalez was struck and killed by a car pulling out of a parking spot. The girl's mother was also struck during the incident.

Residents say the lot is designed in a way that forces cars to often drive along the sidewalk to exit. They have taken to the streets several times since Gonzalez's death to call for better protections for pedestrians.

"Very good idea that they shut down the parking lot because it's unsafe for the pedestrians walking on the sidewalk and the cars jumping off the sidewalk onto the street," said Yogi Lazu of Bushwick.

The DOB says they are working closely with police and other city agencies to ensure the parking lot owner complies with the order.

News 12 tried to speak with the laundromat's owner but have not yet been able to reach him.

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