By Sabina Mollot
An 88-year-old woman was fatally struck by a Con Ed truck that was making a left hand turn from Avenue C onto East 16th Street, police said last Wednesday.
The woman, who has been identified as Stuyvesant Town resident Stella Huang, was hit at around 5:15 p.m. and taken to Bellevue, where she was pronounced dead. She was killed close to her home at 271 Avenue C.
The Con Ed Truck remained at the scene and police said the investigation ongoing.
On Monday, a spokesperson for the utility, Sidney Alvarez, said, “We are cooperating fully with the NYPD in their investigation of this tragic accident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Stella Huang.”
Alvarez added that there had been two drivers in the Con Ed truck. Both were taken to a nearby hospital and have since been released with minor injuries.
In related news, a streetlight that had been broken for some time at the scene of the accident was fixed on Tuesday. Council Member Dan Garodnick, who was made aware of the light being out on Monday, said his office had contacted the Department of Transportation the next day to get it fixed.
“I don’t know if this contributed (to the accident),” said Garodnick, “but we have to take a closer look at that intersection and ensure that it is safe for people interacting with cars and in particular Con Ed vehicles.”
Garodnick added that prior to last week’s traffic fatality, said he hadn’t heard complaints about that area being in any way unsafe, although four years ago he helped arrange for the installation of a greenstreet at a nearby intersection, 18th Street and Avenue C. This was to improve traffic safety for little leaguers who frequently crossed that intersection from Stuyvesant Town to Murphy’s Brother’s Park and Con Ed Field.
This article has been updated to include statements from Con Ed and Dan Garodnick.