Bridgeport police ask public for help keeping city streets safe

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Bridgeport police are asking the public to help keep the city's streets safe.

The request comes after two people were killed in traffic accidents at the intersection of Olive Street and Park Avenue over the past few months.

On April 22, a car struck a motorcycle, killing passenger 20-year-old Miranda Elienai after she was thrown from the bike. Two months earlier, police say 20-year-old Aaron Simutowe also lost his life after being struck by a car and dragged while walking in the street.
Police Chief AJ Perez says in addition to the deadly accidents, there has also been an uptick in non-fatal crashes as well, and with the warm weather, he's asking for the public to cooperate.

"Please, pay attention to your surroundings. Obey the law, obey the signals, stop signs, don't go so fast," he says.    

Jennifer Leary says she was the passenger in the car that struck the motorcycle in April and has joined police in urging people to be safe on the roads.

"It's okay to ride motorcycles, it's fun, as well as bicycles, ATVs, but you gotta obey the traffic law,” she says.

Police say they have stepped up traffic enforcement as well as monitoring traffic cameras.

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