Leonia’s Traffic Problem Turns Deadly - New York News

Leonia’s Traffic Problem Turns Deadly

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Leonia, New Jersey (My9NJ) -

The traffic situation in Leonia, New Jersey has gotten so bad, it's deadly. Police Chief Thomas Rowe has been outspoken about the road challenges in his town, specifically the extremely dangerous intersection at Fort Lee Road and Broad Avenue where Thursday, 60-year-old Leyla Kan was killed. Kan was just trying to cross the road when a school bus struck her and dragged her about 70 feet before someone alerted the bus driver, but it was too late.

Kan was a Turkish business woman living the American Dream. She immigrated to the United States in 1979 and started her own business, the Picnic Cafe in Palisades Park. Family believes she was on her way to work during the morning rush hour when sadly her life was taken.

“It shouldn't happen to anybody,” Kan's relative Erkan Arslan said.

“It's preventable, put a crossing guard out there,” Anne Arslan, another relative chimed in.

The congestion problem in the area seems to happen when there is a lot of traffic on the nearby George Washington Bridge. Commuters tend to cut through the town of Leonia to go up Fort Lee Road directly to the bridge.

Chief Rowe is asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for more money to beef-up their police force, or to deploy Port Authority police officers to the area to help with this ongoing situation.

 

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