BY MADELEINE THOMPSON
PUBLISHED MAR 23, 2016 AT 9:13 AM (UPDATED MAR 22, 2016)
Jodi McGrath was crossing First Avenue at E. 92nd Street when she was struck by a garbage truck taking a left turn onto the avenue, a stone’s throw from her home at the Holmes Towers.
According to a report from the office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, McGrath was taken by emergency responders to New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she died. McGrath, who was 55, was hit by an unidentified male driving a private sanitation vehicle; the driver has been issued a summons for failure to yield and, according to the DCPI, the incident is under ongoing investigation by the New York Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad.
Her death is cause for mourning as well as a cause of concern in the community, highlighting the dangers posed by garbage trucks related to the Marine Transfer Station, now under construction on 91st Street and the East River. While residents and public officials in the neighborhood have been concerned about the concentration of garbage on the East Side related to the MTS, the bigger concern is the amount of truck traffic that will accompany the project — a concern that McGrath’s death has reinforced.