3:53 PM PDT, May 2, 2012
NEW YORK (PIX11)
Three days after 7 people were killed when their SUV broke through a guardrail along the Bronx River Parkway, the state announced plans to install concrete barriers along the outside lanes of the roadway. A speed-limit reduction for the route is also planned.
According to the state Department of Transportation, signs reflecting the new speed-limit of 35 mph will be installed as soon as Wednesday.
The barriers, described as two-foot eight-inch tall slabs of concrete, will be installed on the curbs along the outside lanes of the elevated roadway.
"I am grateful that the State Department of Transportation has heard our calls for safety improvements on the Bronx River Parkway," Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr said in a statement. "We must do everything we can to avoid a similar tragedy in the future, and this announcement is an important first step towards the goal of an improved Bronx River Parkway that is safer for drivers and the community alike."
According to authorities, Maria Gonzalez, 45 was behind the wheel of a 2004 white Honda Pilot when the vehicle broke through the guardrail and went airborne, crashing on a wooded area of the Bronx Zoo below.
Maria's daughter Jocelyn Gonzalez, 10; her sister, Maria Nunez Rosario, 39, and daughters, Niely Rosario, 7 and Marley Rosario, 3; and their grandparents, Jacob Nunez, 85, and Ana Julia Martinez, 81, who were visiting from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, were all killed in the crash.
Fordham University has xreated a relief fund t honor the victims.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution can do so either in person or by mail. Checks should be made out to the Fordham University Disaster Relief Fund with the memo section of the check stating "Gonzalez/Nunez Family" and mailed to:
Fordham University - Office of the President
Attention: Dorothy Marinucci
441 East Fordham Road
Administrative Building, First Floor - Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, New York 10458
For additional questions related to the fund or on making a donation, please contact the Office of the President at (718) 817-3000.
Donations may also be made through a Chase Bank fund that has been set up under the name Gonzalez. That account number is 3011 987 533.
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