walksign.jpgAsha Bousri, a 40-year-old Queens woman, was hit by a driver in a Lincoln Navigator yesterday afternoon while crossing a street near her home. The driver did not leave the scene of the accident, but that may have been because the woman remained trapped underneath the wheels of his SUV for the next 10-15 minutes, before emergency workers could lift the Navigator with jacks and pull the woman free. Witnesses described Bousri crossing in the crosswalk with a walk signal when she was hit.

Maribel Morales, 27, was in her car at the intersection, waiting for the light to change, when Bousri was struck.

"We thought he was going to stop," she said of the SUV driver. "People were screaming, 'Stop the car, stop the car.' " Bousri was walking alone and was in the crosswalk when she was hit, Morales said.

"The light was hers. He was not paying attention," she said.

Police said Bousri was talking on a cell phone when the SUV struck her.

Bousri was declared dead after being taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center. We constantly have to remind ourselves that Walk signals are essentially meaningless to pedestrian safety and remember to look both ways before crossing the street. The article in amNewYork includes the now-familiar sentence that never fails to amaze us: "Police said no charges were filed in connection with the incident."

(Image taken from WALK, by triborough at flickr)