By Janee Law
After a 60-year-old Huntington Station woman was killed Monday night while crossing New York Avenue, a call for safety improvements to the “dangerous” intersection has been made.
Margaret Mary “Meg” Smith was crossing New York Avenue at the intersection with Railroad Street at around 10 p.m., when she was struck by a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban traveling southbound, Suffolk police said. The driver of the Suburban was Segundo Carchi, 46, of Corona, Queens, who was not injured.
Smith sustained multiple critical injuries and was brought to Huntington Hospital by the Huntington Community First Aid Squad. She was later pronounced dead, police said.
State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington) said in a statement Wednesday that he was saddened to learn of the incident.
“I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the Smith family,” Lupinacci said. “As always, I will continue to act on all suggestions from the public of how we can make our busy state roads safer for all pedestrians.”
Lupinacci said he has been working with the state Department of Transportation to address safety concerns along Route 110, “mostly about speed and street lighting.”
He added that his office spoke with the office of Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini’s office to address concerns with the state-owned road.
Longtime Huntington Station resident Jim McGoldrick called the intersection, which is adjacent to the Huntington Long Island Rail Road Station, “dangerous.”
“People come home from work and they want to get home,” McGoldrick said. “This is one of the reasons we need cameras so we can find out what’s going on here with speeding and everything.
“We need more technology to prevent this from happening and more traffic enforcement from the police department.”
Visitation for Smith will be held Saturday, 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at M.A. Connell Funeral Home in Huntington Station. She will be cremated.
According to information on the funeral home’s website, Smith was a registered nurse.
A memorial scholarship fund has been established in her name at the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing. Contributions can be made online at Hofstra.edu/giving (make a note for funds to go to the Margaret Mary “Meg” Smith Scholarship).
Suffolk police said the investigation on the crash is continuing and ask anyone with information on it to call the Second Squad at 631-854-8252.