“It’s upsetting that roads on Long Island have more pedestrian fatalities than roads in dense urban areas, where people tend to walk much more,” said Ryan Lynch, Senior Planner and Long Island Coordinator for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the policy watchdog organization that released the report.
Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County is the most dangerous, says the report. Between 2006 and 2008, 13 pedestrians were killed along the 16-mile stretch of roadway, with most of those fatalities occurring as the road passes through Elmont, Franklin Square and Hempstead.
Sunrise Highway came in second, with 11 pedestrian fatalities, followed by Middle Country Road in third with nine fatalities and Merrick Road eighth with seven fatalities. The full report can be found at www.tstc.org/danger.html.