Marisol Martinez was run over by an MTA bus on Union Avenue at Meeker Avenue

W’burg bus death prompts demands for sped-up traffic calming

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A college student’s death beneath the wheels of a bus should serve as a wake-up call to Mayor DeBlasio to implement his proposed driver-slowing measures immediately, politicians said on Sunday.

A bus driver ran over 21-year-old Marisol Martinez as she was crossing Union Avenue at Meeker Avenue early on Saturday morning, prompting officials to demand the mayor move more quickly on Vision Zero, his promised package of so-called “traffic calming” initiatives.

“I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Marisol Martinez,” said Councilman Steve Levin (D–Williamsbu­rg). “Tragedies like this one are preventable and we must take meaningful action now.”

Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D–Bushwick) said he wants stricter enforcement of laws that demand stiff penalties for drivers found guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Pedestrians say they are often terrified of crossing streets in Williamsburg, which recently compiled statistics show is the deadliest neighborhood in the city as far as car crashes go.

“I have had to run across the street many times,” said John Galindo, who lives near the intersection where Martinez was struck. “I wish people would slow down. It only takes one bad time.”

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority declined to comment on the crash, other than to say that it is still under investigation.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
There are a lot of places in Williamsburg that feel (and probably are) safer than even a year ago. The Grand/Borinquen/South 4th route to the bridge in particular. But there are still a lot of places I'm pretty sure I'll die soon.
March 4, 2014, 7:31 am
the florist says:
What are your favorite flowers?
March 4, 2014, 10:15 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
The last thing I want to do if interrupt the posting above, but when did these buses get horns for the passengers in the back of the bus? Maybe if they had brakes, there would be less of these killings out there, if you'll pardon the suggestion.
March 4, 2014, 11:29 am
Ken from Greenpoint says:
this guy on the photo is a real looser.......................
March 4, 2014, 11:56 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I wonder what Steve Levin thinks about pedestrians and cyclists that also flout the laws a lot. Then again, he will probably claim that the issue isn't with them, which would make him reveal that he only has selective anger towards motorists only. Again, in order for safe streets, all groups have to follow the rules, not just a certain group.
March 4, 2014, 4:10 pm
ty from pps says:
Tal -- Do you keep saying the same tired and stupid things over and over because of some mental defect or...
March 4, 2014, 5:43 pm
jay from nyc says:
ok so a person gets run over and killed by an MTA bus and Tal wants to talk about bicycles, make sense to ANYONE?
I don't know what happened in this particular incident, but if there is something that can reasonably be done to make people safe from being run over by a big a** bus then why would we not want to explore that?
March 4, 2014, 6:19 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I say that, because I see the claim as nothing more than an anti-car bias as well looking for scapegoats rather than looking at the big picture.
March 4, 2014, 6:39 pm
Joe from Greenpoint says:
If the NYPD simply enforced the traffic laws throughout the city there would be no need for new initiatives. I remember the days when this was done.
March 4, 2014, 8:47 pm
NYPD from NY says:
tal, you mildly retarded, morbidly obese, inept sow.
March 5, 2014, 8:04 am
bus driver from bklyn says:
We can't stop people from jumping in front of oncoming traffic, what happened to looking both ways before you cross the street? Kids know how to cross the street safer than adults!
March 5, 2014, 8:40 am
NYPD from NY says:
^^^Hey idiot, the pedestrian was walking with the light. You do know that motorists are required to YIELD to pedestrians, right?
March 5, 2014, 10:07 am
Frank from Furter says:
A bus is about 40 feet long. when it entered the intersection the person was on the sidewalk. People then come into the intersection(stand on the street) while the bus is continuing to make its turn. The back wheels come very close to the sidewalk because of the buses turning radius. The pedestrian standing in the street is run over by the passenger side back wheels. Is the driver at fault?
yes civilly but criminally no...
March 5, 2014, 11:23 am
Friend of the beautiful Girl says:
Hey bus bus driver from bklyn, your an idiot and an ——. Your job should be taken away you insensitive jerk. The girl who died was a friend of mine and was walking when she had the light. maybe bus drivers should watch how they drive?? How about that??? You couldn't do anything else with your life?? So you drive a bus??? Wow how inspriring you are!! Bus drivers drive so erratically and this bus driver who hit her should be thrown in jail for murder!!!!!
March 5, 2014, 4:46 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
According to Bill Bratton, who is the current commissioner of the NYPD, he mentioned that 73% of the time pedestrians get hit, it was when they themselves were flouting the laws. Of course to so many anti-car fanatics like Steve Levine, the motorists will always get the blame no matter what even if there was evidence for them not being solely responsible for their actions. Let's not forget that places like Streetsblog and Transportation Alternatives consider them martyrs for their actions. On a side note, cut the personal attacks, and it makes you guys using them feel like little children rather than adults.
March 5, 2014, 4:58 pm
Friend of the beautiful girl says:
Tal, well in this case it wasn't the girls fault the bus driver didnt care that she murdered a young girl. Bus drivers are not responsible at times and many of them do not care about the lives of others
March 5, 2014, 6:08 pm
ty from pps says:
(*first time HE spoke about this topic to press)
March 5, 2014, 7:18 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Ty, I just don't see how punishing only one group makes the streets safer when there are others that continue to disobey the laws, and you should know who I am referring to here.
March 5, 2014, 7:58 pm
Fact Checker from NYC says:
The statement presented by Bill Bratton was indeed statistically incorrect.
March 8, 2014, 6:04 pm
Jocelyn from Williamsburg says:
If there is one thing Williamsburg needs, it is slower bus service.
March 14, 2014, 2:52 pm

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