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.

Blue Blood February 13, 2013 at 08:57 PM
The pedestrian illegally crossing should get a ticket and the car that stopped to let the pedestrian cross illegally should get a ticket for impeding the flow of taffic.
Jennifer S February 13, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Just last weekend, I nearly killed someone crossing the street in this exact spot. A woman in a large SUV allowed someone to cross illegally. I was driving the same way when suddenly a woman darted in front of my car across North Avenue. It does not make sense to allow a pedestrian to cross illegally unless you are sure all other traffic will come to a stop. This was very scary as I came inches away from killing someone. Pedestrians, please cross at crosswalks, lights, etc. It's not worth the few seconds you save...
john mancini February 13, 2013 at 09:13 PM
In my day it was called "J" walking. This usually happens by Lord & Taylor, which brings up the point when is the county going to put up a pedestrian light there. How many people need to be killed. Oh by the way, they can use/move the ped light that`s on South Av which is in that ladies driveway if they need a light. Our police should give out "J" walking tickets in town, especially if they are doing it while on a cell phone or when dragging their kid across the street. Is it that hard to cross at the intersection?
slk2003 February 13, 2013 at 09:21 PM
You're kidding, right? A driver should get a ticket because he stops for a pedestrian? To carry your hypothesis to it (il)logical conclusion, no matter where a pedestrian crosses, if a car stops it is impeding the flow of traffic and therefore NO car should ever stop for a pedestrian. Huh? Remind me not to cross a street when you are driving.
Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) February 13, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Hi John, in early January I asked both the mayor and town administrator when the light at Lord & Taylor will be installed but haven't heard back from them. Councilman Loughlin told me in December that the Town has signed off on everything and is waiting on the County. If I hear anything, I will post an update. Thanks, Liz
S_O_G February 13, 2013 at 09:54 PM
that intersection is a mess. Since elm and the exit from the train station are not alligned, it causes all sorts of problems. Another issue is that cars do not stop where they are suppose to stop (before the fire station in front of "the office"). It is probably the pedestrian's fault, but why was it said he was crossing illegally. There is no light at that corner, and since there is an intersection there (I am guess they are talking about the T intersection), then I think the person is allowed to cross there.
Enough already February 13, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Remember when you were a kid, the saying was "Cross at a crosswalk and not in between" Now, pedestrians just do as they please when it comes to crossing a street. And I seriously doubt the pedestrian will get a ticket.
Blue Blood February 13, 2013 at 10:31 PM
No slk2003, I.m not kidding. The word illegally was obviously ignored by you. Cars must stop for pedestrians when they are legally crossing in a crosswalk. Your logic is skewed.
Jay February 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Drivers are required to stop ONLY for pedestrians crossing in a marked crosswalk. Otherwise, it is the pedestrian's obligation to yield to the vehicular traffic. It is a pretty simple rule. It is illegal ("J" walking) to cross a street other than at a corner (intersection), whether the corner has a marked crosswalk or not. Vehicles that stop for pedestrians crossing other than a marked crosswalk ARE impeding the flow of traffic and could be ticketed for that infraction. But, as a practical matter, what drivier wants to live with the guilt of injuring a pedestrian, even if the driver was 100% in the right? Also car vs. pedestrian, car always wins - - - so pedestrian should always be aware! Note to pedestrians - - even when you have the right of way, if its dark and you're dressed in black DRIVERS CANNOT SEE YOU, especially through the glare of on-coming headlights! YOU can ALWAYS stop faster than a vehicle can. Be a little self-protective people!
S_O_G February 14, 2013 at 12:29 AM
C.39:4-32 and 33 PEDESTRIANS MUST obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at SIGNALIZED INTERSECTIONS. Both carry a $54.00 fine for failure to observe the law. So I do not see how the pedestrian was breaking the law by crossing there. With that said, when they do cross this way, they are required to yield to the car!!!! So he was NOT crossing illegally, he failed to yield
Alaska February 14, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Pedestrians need to take more responsability for there own lives. People are always looking for someone else to blame give it up already. It couldn't of been the pedestrians fault it must of been the driver or the police or maybe the mayor and the hawk light. Enter sarcasm.
Wally Westfield February 14, 2013 at 12:43 AM
absolutely Jay, case in point is the Dudley/Clark intersection. Very poorly lit Ped crossing with regard to the train station both north side exits should be right turns only
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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