Daughter pleads for increased safety measures at ‘dangerous’ intersection after mother’s death

Nelly Fernandez-Malo was fatally struck by a car on Friday at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street in Bloomfield.

Matt Trapani and Naomi Yané

Oct 26, 2023, 12:36 AM

Updated 266 days ago


A daughter is pleading with Bloomfield Township for more safety measures after her mother was killed at an intersection some in the community call dangerous.
The intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street is where Nelly Fernandez-Malo was hit by a car on Friday, Oct. 20 and died.
Mayra Malo tells News 12 New Jersey that her mother was on her way to the store to buy lottery tickets like she’s done many times before.
After an hour had gone by and her mother hadn't returned, the family got worried and went to look for her. When they got to the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Grove Street, Malo learned her mother had been hit by a car and was taken to University Hospital where she died. Malo says this isn't the first time there's been a fatality at this intersection and she's pleading with the township to find a solution.
"This is the fifth death that happened here. A lot of people have been injured. I reached out to the mayor of Bloomfield, and I asked him, I said, ‘I’m begging you I’m asking you to do something.’ There’s nothing that can bring my mom back to life now but at least we can avoid there being another death,” Malo says.
The Malo family has lived in Bloomfield for over 20 years and they’re familiar with this neighborhood and this intersection, but never did they think one of their own would lose their life here.
People in this community say this intersection is a hot spot even with all the traffic lights and signage. Barbaranne Watts is a crossing guard at the intersection, and she says sometimes cars don't stop.
"I think it’s very, very dangerous I almost got hit crossing someone over on Grove,” Watts says.
Flor Marin lives in Paterson and works near the intersection. He says even locals have a hard time navigating the area.
"That just goes to show you that this is that bad a person that knows the area dies here, they gotta do something about it,” Marin says.
News 12 reached out to law enforcement for comment. They say the investigation into what happened continues. News 12 also reached out to the city and is awaiting a response.

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