By Brendan Krisel
Community members, safe street advocates and local officials held a candlelight vigil Monday nightto offer support to the family of a woman killed in a Harlem hit-and-run and call for a safer Amsterdam Avenue.
Erica Imbasciani, 26, was killed Friday after stepping into the curb of Amsterdam Avenue and West 141st Street when an impaired SUV driver struck her and pinned her into a parked car, police said. The Staten Island native recently moved to Harlem.
Local City Councilman Mark Levine thanked Harlem community members for showing support to Imbasciani's family and standing with them "in a time of unfathomable pain," despite Imbasciani's short time living in the neighborhood. Levine said that five people have been killed on a dangerous stretch of Amsterdam Avenue during his five years in office and said the city " can and has to make this street safer."