‘Lo Sa’amod al Dam Rei’echa!’
Our dear Jewish Brothers and Sisters,
We are writing to you out of deep frustration and genuine fear for innocent Jewish children’s lives.
Last summer a beautiful young 4 year old boy was killed in the Catskills R’L.
Pointing fingers is undoubtedly unproductive, but as a functioning society and as Jews in particular, we all have a communal responsibility to try our best to determine what can possibly be done to prevent such a horrific event from ever transpiring again.
So here are the facts.
The development where this tragedy occurred has a typical wide circle of homes, surrounding a beautiful grass field, with a road encircling the homes and a driveway extending up to each one. However- unlike the typical developments with this setup – there is no path whatsoever in this field, and no gate from the field to the road. Therefore everyone, adults, children, and toddlers alike, use the road encircling the homes for walking, biking, riding, and all such activities.
From 15 year olds biking, to 7 year olds running, to 3 year olds in their Little Tikes cars and 3-wheeler toys, the road looks like your average playground. Just with cars driving too.
The immediate threat this poses to the children’s lives is undeniable. Speed bumps do little to prevent an accident when you have children and cars on the same road. An average 6,000lb car can do fatal damage to a child even when traveling at 1mph.
Children and vehicles do not belong on the same road.
This is a universally accepted common sense.
For this reason, most, if not all developments in the Catskills, have paths in the center of their circle of homes for children to walk, play, and ride their bikes and toys.
Why a path was not installed initially is an enigma, but that is in the past. We’ve already suffered a terrible tragedy and lost a precious beautiful Jewish young boy to this bizarre setup.
Which is why we were horrified to find out that this summer 2019 – a full 12 months later – there is still no path for the children.
The management of this development have done all sorts of things from making a parking lot for guests, to putting up toll-booth style gates at the entrance (which as of this letter being published are not even functioning yet) to restrict access to the road and allow colony members only.
But the road still remains a road no matter who drives it or when.
The Management strangely seems to be avoiding this indisputable glaring issue – there is still no path.
How many more tragedies R’L do we need before the management of this development wakes up and takes the necessary precautions to prevent another accident?
As fellow Jews in the Catskills community, we refuse to stand idly by as this reckless endangerment of precious Jewish Children continues.
If this situation is not corrected, and a proper path not installed, we will have no choice but to publicize the name of this development.
This is extreme Pikuach Nefashos, and we will do whatever is necessary to keep our Jewish Children safe.
-Concerned Jews in the Catskills
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