You are reading

Tributes continue to pour in for Astoria girl fatally struck by SUV as residents call on city to make intersection safer

Astoria residents have been mourning the loss of a 7-year-old girl who was fatally struck by an SUV in Astoria Friday, Feb. 21, and many have called on the city to make the intersection where she died safer (Photos: GoFundMe and Google Maps)

Feb. 21, 2023 By Michael Dorgan

Residents continue to mourn the death of a 7-year-old girl who was fatally struck by an SUV in Astoria Friday, Feb. 17, with many calling on the city to make the intersection where she died safer.

Dolma Naadhum was hit by a 2021 Ford Explorer at the intersection of Newtown Road and 45th Street just before 6 p.m. after the driver, a 46-year-old woman, allegedly ran a stop sign. Naadhum was attempting to cross the street with her mother at the time and cops say the driver did not fully stop at a stop sign before striking Dolma.

Naadhum, who lived feet away from the scene on 45th Street, was transported to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst with severe head trauma, but could not be saved.

Residents have been paying their respects to Naadhum on a GoFundMe page that was set up to help raise funds to support her family with the funeral and memorial services. As of Tuesday morning, the page has generated more than $47,000, far exceeding its initial goal of $25,000, with only donors to the fund being able to comment on the page.

“Such a happy and Joyful girl,” wrote one commenter. “Gone too soon. You will always [be] remembered. – Jake & Josh T.”

“You will be deeply missed,” wrote Chien-ting Kuo. “Your smile and energy brought so much joy to your friends around you. We felt so sorry for the family’s loss. Rest in peace.”

Another donor wrote that she was devastated to hear about Naadhum’s passing.

“Heard about this tragedy on the news,” wrote Nellie Ma. “My heart is broken! You are taken away from this world way too soon. I hope you didn’t have to suffer too much. May you rest in peace little angel!”

  • A memorial, pictured, has been erected at the intersection where Naadhum was struck (Photos by Czarinna Andres)

  • Meanwhile, two memorials have been erected in Astoria to honor Naadhum. One memorial is located at the intersection where she was struck, while the other is located in front of her former school PS85Q, located at 23-70 31st St.

    The mural at the intersection consists of around a dozen bouquets of flowers, several stuffed animals a lighting candle around a street lamp pole. There is also a sign attached to the pole that reads:

    “A beautiful little girl is now among the angels in heaven. May she rest in peace,” a sign at the memorial reads. “May God console her family with all his goodness. And in her honor may we all be more caring and loving people.”

    Naadhum was crossing the street with her mother from the northwest corner of the intersection to the southwest corner when the SUV, traveling eastbound on Newtown Road, knocked her down. The driver remained at the scene and no arrests have been made regarding the incident.

    Leah Lin, the chapter leader of PS85Q in Astoria, who helped set up the page, is now calling on the city to make the intersection safer. Naadhum was a second-grade student at PS85Q in Astoria.

    Lin shared a Facebook post detailing some actions residents say the city should take to better protect pedestrians crossing at the intersection.

    “The more they hear from us as a community, the more serious they will take this,” Lin wrote.

    The Facebook post argues that visibility for drivers approaching the intersection is poor and is restricted by vehicles parked close to the crosswalk there.

The Facebook post argues that visibility for drivers approaching the intersection is poor and is restricted by vehicles parked close to the crosswalk. (Photo of Newtown Road facing westbound via Google Maps)

The post also claims that drivers traveling eastbound on Newtown Road are forced to look right at the intersection first to see oncoming vehicular traffic going northbound on 45th Street. Both roads are one-way.

Yet the majority of the foot traffic, the Facebook post argues, is coming from drivers’ left-hand side since there is a school and playground north of the intersection. Additionally, there are two mailboxes on the northwest corner that may restrict visibility, the post states.

The Facebook post is calling on the city to “daylight” the intersection, install traffic lights, and relocate the mailboxes.

Daylighting is a process of removing any visual barriers within a minimum of 10 feet of a crosswalk or intersection. Examples of daylighting an intersection would be extending curbs, raising crosswalks, and putting down street furniture or plantings in order to provide open sightlines for pedestrians and approaching motorists.

Furthermore, a light that was out at the time of the incident has since been fixed, according to the post.

Lin has instructed residents to contact City Council members Julie Won and Tiffany Cabán, as well as DOT Commissioner Nicola Garcia, and implore them to implement new safety measures at this intersection.

“Together we can ask our elected officials to advocate for our community’s safety to prevent future tragedies,” Lin wrote.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Queens’ 104th Precinct teams up with DSNY to relocate parked cars in effort to keep streets clean

With an initiative to keep the streets safe and cleaner, the NYPD’s 104th Precinct is working with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to relocate abandoned vehicles in Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood.

According to Deputy Inspector Kevin Coleman, the commanding officer of the 104th Precinct, the sanitation department was having trouble removing garbage, with parked cars often getting in the way.

‘Experience still matters’: Former northeast Queens politician Tony Avella launches campaign for District 19 City Council seat

Former Queens City Council member Tony Avella is once again running for his old Council seat in District 19 for the 2023 election. If he ends up winning the Democratic primary on June 27, he will presumably face off against sitting Councilwoman Vickie Paladino.

“I’m always a local guy,” Avella said. “I started out as a community activist. The City Council deals with local issues and that’s what most people are concerned about. I think I can be of help to my community.”

NYC School Construction Authority breaks ground on new addition for P.S. 26 in Fresh Meadows

NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) officials were joined by elected officials, educators and community leaders on Monday, March 20, to celebrate the construction of a new state-of-the-art 399-seat addition for P.S. 29 in Fresh Meadows.

SCA President and CEO Nina Kubota, along with P.S. 26 Principal Andrew Pecorella and P.S. 224 Principal Jamie Allen, CEC representatives, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., Assemblywoman Nily Rozic and Councilwoman Linda Lee gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony outside of P.S. 26 Rufus King School, located at 195-02 69th Ave.