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Study Says Hempstead Turnpike Most Dangerous County Road

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign released a study that claims what most in Elmont, Franklin Square and West Hempstead already know — that Hempstead Turnpike is Nassau County’s most dangerous road for walkers.

According to the report, Route 24, which includes Hempstead Turnpike, Fulton Avenue and Conklin Street, had seven pedestrian fatalities in 2006, two in 2007 and four in 2008 for a total of 13 during that time. During the same time span, Merrick Road had seven and Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) had five.

“Each of these roadways typifies the high-speed arterial found to be the most dangerous type of road for pedestrians,” the study stated.

Among the 13 pedestrian fatalities in the vicinity of Hempstead Turnpike were:

• A 47-year-old female killed on July 15, 2008 at Poplar Street in West Hempstead.

• An 81-year-old female killed on February 21, 2008 at Jefferson Street in Franklin Square.

• A 62-year-old female killed on June 6, 2006 at Phoebe Street in Franklin Square.