As a parent, I am always deeply saddened at the passing of a child. What is alleged to have led up to his death is a shame. Jordan McLean, 5, was thrown from an SUV and killed early Thursday after his aunt’s, Claris Edwards, vehicle crossed the path of two drag-racing cars, police and witnesses said. His aunt swerved her Ford Escape away from one car but could not avoid a blue BMW. The luxury sedan slammed into the SUV, spinning the Ford and ejecting Jordan from the backseat. The little boy ended up pinned between his aunt’s crumpled SUV and a wall on 109th Ave. in Jamaica.
Jordan, who was raised on the island of Jamaica before moving to Queens a month ago, died at Jamaica Hospital a short time later. McEachron’s husband, who still lives on the island, collapsed when he heard his son had died, relatives said. That is really sad and that little boy did not have to die. The Department of Transportation should have done something about that stretch of road. Angry residents said the stretch of 109th Ave. is popular with racers. Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens) said he would ask Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, who launched other successful operations against drag racing, to crack down on the practice in southeast Queens. To add insult to injury, a DOT spokesman said there had been seven accidents at the intersection since 2003, but it did not meet the federal standards for an additional traffic light or stop sign. So my question is, what does it really have to take before something is done to control a serious problem on our streets or will more lives be lost before they do something. Just my thoughts, you be the judge….