A schoolgirl from the Bronx died under the wheels of a truck: pedestrian deaths on the roads of New York have become more frequent
On Wednesday morning, May 4, a 16-year-old Bronx girl was hit and killed by a drink delivery truck driver on her way to school. Alyssa Kolenovich was crossing Paulding Avenue at Neill Avenue in Morris Park when she was hit around 8:20 am, police said. Daily News
Driver Joseph Zillotto, 46, was turning left on Paulding Avenue and hit the teenager. He was charged with not giving way to a pedestrian and not showing due care.
The girl, who lives less than two blocks from the scene, was rushed to Jacoby Medical Center but could not be saved. The driver, who lives in Pelham Bay, remained at the scene until police arrived.
Alyssa attended Cascades High School on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A grieving family member described Alyssa as "a full of life, cheerful, energetic teenager." She was happy when she worked out, drank iced coffee, or hung out with her friends. Volleyball was one of the deceased's favorite pastimes, said her sister, who requested anonymity.
Alyssa loved helping people. According to the mother, the daughter had a heart of gold. "She grew up so polite, and it's not even because she's my daughter," said the teen's mother, who also asked not to be named. The deceased wanted to become a neonatal intensive care nurse.
Alyssa's mother urged drivers to slow down and be more careful on the roads. And drive like it's their own kids crossing the street.
“There are a lot of children in this area and people get hit all the time here,” the mother said. “My citizen app notes that someone always gets hit by a car. Drivers should be careful, and any pedestrian crossing the street should be careful.”
A neighbor of this family agreed with what was said. “This is a dangerous intersection,” said Debbie Jackson, who lives near where Alyssa was killed. “Drivers tend not to see pedestrians.”
Jackson said she did not see the incident, only heard it. She assures that she will never forget this sound: first there was a loud thud, then terrible screams followed.
“I heard a scream, and then I saw that she was lying there,” Jackson shared. “Her shoes, bag, everything was scattered.”
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According to Jackson, the driver did CPR until help arrived. He called 911 himself.
Simon Sese, a nurse at the Montefiore Medical Center, also tried to help.
“My wife was at the scene and called me to come as we are both medical workers,” Sese wrote on his Facebook page. “I checked the victim’s pulse and assessed her condition. That's all I could do"
Alyssa was the 73rd person killed by a motorist in New York this year, according to the Department of Transportation. This number exceeds the number of deaths in road traffic accidents at the same time last year.
“Alissa Kolenovich died in a predictable and avoidable road accident. Unfortunately, she is not alone,” Transportation Alternatives chief executive Danny Harris said in a statement. “Nine children aged 18 and under have died in traffic accidents this year alone … the death rate is 125% higher than at this time last year.” “
Representatives of the human rights group said that she became the 17th person killed in the Bronx this year. Alyssa's family said they plan to bury her on Thursday, May 5, after a memorial service at the mosque.