Thursday, July 15, 2010

CM James Holds Vigil in Honor of Aileen McKay-Dalton

On the evening of July 14th, Council member Letitia James held a candlelight vigil honoring the late Aileen McKay-Dalton. Last Thursday, Aileen McKay-Dalton was traveling by motor scooter and was struck by an SUV vehicle at DeKalb and Clinton Avenues in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

A crowd of over 75 people deemed the Fort Greene resident a pillar of her community and a dear friend. Mrs. McKay-Dalton leaves behind a husband and three children, as well as many friends and acquaintances who were touched by her warmth and generosity. "Aileen really loved living in Brooklyn...we're going to miss her forever", said a friend of the family. "She touched everybody that she met", said another friend.

To date, the NYPD has declined to investigate this incident and has ruled there was no crime committed. Council Member Letitia James believes that the NYPD mishandled the initial investigation by ruling that there was no criminality even though witnesses say the vehicle that hit Mrs. McKay-Dalton was speeding and had run a red light.

We applaud the efforts of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes for conducting his own criminal investigation into the awful death of the Ms. McKay-Dalton. However, Council Member James is also urging Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly to carry out a NYPD investigation looking into the circumstances surrounding this terrible accident.

If you are interested in joining Council Member James in requesting an investigation, please sign our petition by visiting the following link:

It is evident that this tragic traffic accident has deeply touched the neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The thoughts and prayers of the entire community are with the family during this most difficult time.

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