CHATHAM, NJ - The Borough of Chatham Council will take up the issue of pedestrian safety on Girard Avenue after residents said that a hit-and-run incident occurred on the narrow portion of the road during public commentary Monday at the regular meeting of the council.
Girard Avenue resident Benita Perez (see video below) told how her husband was hit by a car driven by someone texting on July 7 as he was walking on the portion of Girard Avenue that has no sidewalk. The person kept driving despite calls to stop and has yet to be identified.
Frank Perez, who was walking with his three children, was not seriously injured, but the incident underscored the danger of the road, which is said to be just 20 feet wide as it runs toward Watchung Avenue.
Perez noted that Chatham Borough Police Officer Roy George had measured the road and said that it went from 22 feet to 20 feet at its narrowest point. The police are currently doing a traffic study of the road, which has sidewalks on the upper portion nearest Willow Street.
Another Girard Avenue resident, Michael Grassano, recounted how one of his neighbors nearly hit him as he was walking home from work (see the video below).
Vince DeNave, Chatham Borough engineer, said the issue will be discussed with the Pedestrian Traffic and Safety Committee and explained some possible remedies in the video below.
He also said that residents of Girard Avenue would have to be polled to determine if they are in favor of any sidewalk extensions.