The site of Sunday afternoon's horrific Bronx Zoo accident is finally getting long overdue barriers on the outside travel lane of the Bronx River Parkway. New York State Transportation Department commissioner Joan McDonald has confirmed that three viaducts on the parkway that are located within city limits will receive replacement barriers for the massively inadequate four-foot guardrail that is already in place. New Yorkers have known for years that the guardrail was ludicrous--particularly in the area that has seen two vehicles fly off the overpass well within a year of each other--and it's depressing that it took an accident that killed seven for the state to finally take action.
The accident on Sunday afternoon occurred when the speeding driver, 45-year-old Maria Gonzalez, clipped the median, skittered through three lanes of traffic and hit an unnecessary concrete curb, which caused the 2004 Honda Pilot to go airborne. It flew off the overpass and landed upside-down in a non-public portion of the Bronx Zoo property, killing all seven inside--three generations of a single family. All seven victims were wearing seatbelts.