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Pedestrian Struck by Van While Crossing North Avenue Illegally

Victim was taken to University Hospital by Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad.

A man who was crossing North Avenue near Prospect Street illegally was struck by a van around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Westfield Police Capt. Scott Rodger.

While one lane of traffic stopped to allow the man to cross, he could not be seen by the driver of Toyota van who traveling in the other direction, Rodger explained.

The man was conscious and alert when police were on the scene, Rodger said. He was then transported to University Hospital by the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad for observation.  

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

karen egert February 14, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Why do people have to be so mean ? A man is in the hospital from crossing a street , the driver that hit him probably feels awful , as does the the driver that stopped for him . And who knows exactly what happened ? Why would anyone say anything nasty when someone just got HIT BY A CAR!!
slk2003 February 14, 2013 at 02:19 PM
When a driver in the lane next to you has slowed down or come to a stop, a responsible driver approaching in an adjoining lane should consider that there might be a good reason for that and approach with caution. The driver failed to do so. He was not paying attention to his environment. Drivers Ed 101.
Greg Michaels February 14, 2013 at 05:19 PM
The only way you will probably get a reply from the Mayor of Westfield is if there is an opportunity to get his photo in the papers!!!!
JERSEY GIRL February 14, 2013 at 08:44 PM
How many people have we seen jaywalking in town to get to Vicky's , Panera, etc? They are not crossing at the corner, what are you suppose to do when they dart out in traffic? You cannot hit them.
S_O_G February 15, 2013 at 01:19 AM
That Dudley/clark intersection surprises me. I have come close to hitting people there. Very dark AND it is the corner the middle school is on. You would think that they would light that up better with all of the kids there

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