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Push for Safer Trucks on Streets Renewed on Anniversary of 6-Year-Old's Death

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A renewed push from Albany for safer trucks on city streets is coming a year after a young boy was hit and killed by a truck on his way to school.

In a brief ceremony, students from 6-year-old Amar Diarrassouba's school released balloons in his memory.

Amar was walking to school with his older brother when he was hit by a truck making a right turn at the corner of First Avenue and 117th Street in East Harlem.

"It is important that we prevent more life like this one to be lost, and I introduced a bill," said state Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. "They believe that this bill will save lives, and now, with Mayor de Blasio's initiative, it all comes together. So I think that Mayor de Blasio and more people should be supporting this bill."

Diaz introduced legislation shortly after the tragic accident that would require trucks to be fitted with rear wheel guards.

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