Monday, May 16, 2011
Tragic death of Moses Englender, 4, shows why trucks need crossover mirrors to eliminate blind spot
Four-year-old Moses Englender was killed by the truck pictured above as he rode a tricycle in Brooklyn. The driver apparently could not see a boy whose head barely reached the bumper.
But the driver might well have seen Moses had the truck been equipped with a mirror that showed the pavement directly in front of the truck. This is called a crossover mirror.
School buses have them. City Hall has long asked Albany to require them on big trucks. But the industry cried about expense, and the Legislature balked.
The cost of each mirror, installed, is roughly $100. The cost of inaction was Moses' life.