Pedestrian Hit in Crosswalk Almost Year After Last Accident

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A Metuchen resident Lauren P. was an eyewitness to an accident last night on Main Street. About a year ago, a different commuter suffered very serious injuries when a car ran through the crosswalk, plowing him down. Here's what Lauren had to say about this recent incident:

He was crossing, I was behind him by about 50 feet, having just exited the train and he was hit by a woman who blew through the crosswalk going ~25mph. He bounced up onto her windshield, smashing it, and bounced back onto the street. Several of us called 911 and EMTs came in <2min, and when I left (as requested by EMTs) he was alert but appeared to be in shock. A passing doctor remarked that the man had probably sustained serious injuries, after just a cursory glance . . . the driver was very shaken up. 

I can't believe this keeps happening. I . . . commute on the train every day, crossing through several crosswalks to get to the station. It is terrifying to think that my neighbors in Metuchen have such blatant disregard for crosswalk laws and the pedestrians who use them.


First of all, we send our best wishes to the victim. Second, here's a question for you readers: what do you think can be done to make drivers more aware of slowing down and stopping at crosswalks for pedestrians? It is shocking to think that a law that has been a state law for some time is ignored and broken so many times, with such horrible circumstances. What do you propose can be done to make these crosswalks less dangerous for our neighbors who use them everyday?

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In case anyone did not not hear from the last Boro Council meeting. The contract has been awarded for replacement lights at that crossing. They were too old to maintain when they failed. The new ones as I understand it will be like old style lamp posts and work similar to the posts at Oakland and Grove, Construction to start soon. We are a talking a $50K replacement cost here.

It would help if the flashing lights were maintained. As both a walker and driver, I feel that in the end it is the pedestrian who has to make the decision as to whether it is safe to cross.

I believe on the side going south the last parking spot is too close to the crosswalk. There has been a time or two when I almost didn't see a person trying to cross until very late and I've almost gone thru.

Ticket Blitz for one month the entire length of Main St cross walks. Worth the over time and then weekly as selected there after. Let's not kid ourselves the majority of people who drive through Main Street are not one time users. When the shock hits fan the slowing up at cross walks will force others who are the one timers to slow up. If you are going to be hurried driving do not do it on Main Street in Metuchen. I am also tired of the drivers behind me hitting the horn when I slow up at those cross walks. I am doing the right thing. What the heck are they doing? It is time to ticket them for illegal use of horn too.

Take down the "stop for pedestrian" signs, then crossers will have to wait until the coast is clear. It may take a little more time but it is safe. How come there are no pedestrian crossing lights at Main and New Street? I hardly ever cross Main street anymore, I shop here a lot less since I saw an elderly woman almost run down by a speeding car at the other cross walk. I do not want to get hit by a car just to shop.

I go up and down Main Street a lot and I regularly see drivers blowing through the yield sign at the pedestrian cross walk. Post a cop there a few times a week and ticket like mad! People will get the point when they are the ones inflicted with the pain plus the town will get money in its pocket and people will be safer! Everybody wins. We live in a selfish society people are oblivious to other if you can’t get them to be more selfless hit them where it hurts.

For a less busy street, I think that crosswalks, along with careful pedestrians and courteous drivers can be safe enough. But Main Street in Metuchen is very dense with traffic, and at night it is a dangerous crossing even if both pedestrians and drivers are careful. Once you mix in a few drivers who are hurrying to catch a train or get home quickly after a harried commute, I'd say the street is not very safe for pedestrians.

For a street with this sort of traffic, it is my opinion (felt VERY strongly) that each crosswalk should also have a stop sign. I believe stop signs would have a significantly positive impact on safety for pedestrians.

Given the current situation, I'm sorry to say that I believe jay-walking is the safest way to cross most sections of Main Street, even though it is illegal. At least if I jay-walk, I can cross at a section which is free of traffic, which is often away from the intersections and crosswalks.

The embedded crossing lights have been out of commission at that crosswalk for a VERY long time. It's a busy intersection with a lot of car and sidewalk pedestrian traffic, especially when a train is offloading, making it difficult to spot a person crossing amidst all of the potential distractions. Bottom line is that the crosswalk simply does not stand out enough.

I guess speed bumps aren't good b/c this is an emergency route or something?

Until the situation is improved, though, it behooves pedestrians to assume that cars WILL NOT automatically stop for you b/c they may not see you.

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