Residents Had Pushed for Safety Measures for Years Before Deadly Crash On Claremont Avenue; ‘An Accident Waiting to Happen’

By Alex Israel

For years before Columbia University Dean Peter Awn was hit by a vehicle at 116th Street and Claremont Avenue in January, residents of the block advocated for changes that could make it safer for pedestrians. But only now, after the crash that injured and eventually killed Awn, is the city putting together a plan to make it safer.

Awn was hit on January 25 and died on February 17. Details about the crash are still hard to come by—police have said they are still investigating. Spokespeople from the NYPD’s 26th Precinct and the Deputy Commissioner Public Information did not respond to requests for additional details, citing the ongoing investigation.

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