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Woman Struck, Killed by SUV on Upper West Side

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A woman was struck and killed by an SUV on the Upper West Side Thursday afternoon.

Jean Chambers, 61, was hit at the intersection of 95th Street and West End Avenue.

NY1 is told that the SUV was traveling eastbound on 95th Street and struck Chambers while turning to go north on West End Avenue

A witness told NY1 that the car dragged Chambers halfway down the block before stopping.

Chambers was transported to St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The incident occurred close to where 9-year-old Cooper Stock and 73-year-old Alexander Shear were killed on January 10.

Residents and local safety advocates said it's a dangerous intersection and that something needs to be done.

"Sometimes they go fast. Sometimes, people are not that fast crossing the street, the light changes, so it's difficult to cross the street," said one neighborhood resident.

"The slowness with which these changes happen ensure that other people are going to die, and we can't have that," said Mary Beth Kelly of Families for Safe Streets. "We have an epidemic here in New York City. We have upwards of 300 people a year dying in our streets."

Police handed out fliers to pedestrians warning of the dangers at the intersection.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said they're installing turn restrictions and studying other ways to try to make the area safer. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP