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'Grieving Time Is Over': Brooklyn Woman Tears Down Memorial Built For Child Killed By Car

| by Jonathan Wolfe

In October, 12-year-old Sammy Cohen Eckstein was tragically hit and killed by a car. Reports say he ran into the street chasing a ball when the car struck him.

After Sammy’s death, friends and family showed their support for his parents by setting up a memorial for him near the spot where he was killed. Pictures of the memorial show flowers, stuffed animals, and pictures of Sammy commemorating his life.

The memorial is gone today, though, after a Brooklyn woman decided she’d seen enough of it.

A bicyclist wrote in to F*cked in Park Slope yesterday saying that he rode past the memorial and saw a woman with scissors dismantling the commemoration. A neighborhood parent – whose child was a friend of Sammy’s – saw the woman and asked what she was doing.

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The woman responded saying there had been “enough grieving” and that “memorial time is over.”

According to the bicyclist, the woman was “holding scissors and didn’t seem quite right.” Instead of confronting her directly, he called police to the scene. The woman was seen leaving the park shortly after speaking with the officers.

Sammy’s mother was reportedly – and understandably – upset when she heard about the woman’s actions.

"I cried inconsolably when I heard but I have no more information," she said.

Since Sammy’s death, the Cohen-Ecksteins have been fighting to get the city to lower its residential speed limits from 25 to 20 miles per hour. They argue the idea is in line with newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in the city by 2024.

Sources: Gothamist, F*cked in Park Slope