Caravan Tribute to Family Killed on Bronx River Parkway

A week after the crash, new white barriers have replaced the old curb, along with signs and a new 35 mile-per-hour speed limit

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    A caravan of mourners drive past the crash site on the Bronx River Parkway where an SUV containing seven family members plunged off the road. New white concrete barriers have been set up as a safety measure.

    One week after a family of seven were killed when their SUV plunged off the Bronx River Parkway, mourners saw new safety measures in place as they drove past the crash site Sunday.

    Flowers still mark the stretch of road where driver Maria Gonzales, her sister, her daughter, her two nieces, and her parents lost their lives April 29. Their SUV skipped a two-foot curb and plunged 60 feet down into the Bronx Zoo below.

    A week later, new white barriers have replaced the old curb, along with signs and a new 35 mile-per-hour speed limit. They were a new sight for the caravan of cars that drove by to honor the seven family members who died. 

    Juan Gonzalez was among those in the caravan. His wife Maria and his daughter died in the crash.

    "Mr. Gonzalez personally wanted to thank the mayor for taking such swift action and for making sure that he rectified, at least temporarily, the dangerous situation that's happening here on the Bronx River Parkway," said Fernando Mateo of the Federation of Taxi and Limousines, speaking for the family Sunday.

    "If they put concrete barriers, you know the vehicles aren't going to be able to elevate and fly into oncoming traffic," said Mateo.

    The Department of Transportation is looking for a more permanent solution to the temporary white barriers.

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