MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Captain Dawn Williams of the Maplewood Police Department has released additional details regarding the accident involving a pedestrian, a seven-year-old boy, and a motor vehicle at approximately 8:34 a.m. on October 15, at Prospect Street and Lexington Avenue in Maplewood.
As a result of the collision, the boy was transported to the hospital with injuries that are non life threatening. The updated statement from police stated that the boy has been released from the hospital.
An initial investigation determined that speed was not a factor in the collision. The additional details released included that when the accident occurred "the child was walking with his mother north on Prospect Street and had fallen behind as they crossed the roadway when the collision occurred."
Police investigation found that "prior to the collision, the driver who was traveling eastbound on Lexington Avenue had come to a stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Prospect Street."
A Title 39 summons was issued to the driver for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
As a result of this accident, the Facebook page Slow Down SOMa has been created (which has 375 likes), as well as a closed Facebook group, Slow Down SOMa.
Maplewood resident Eddie Bennett also wrote an open letter to the Maplewood Police Chief and Township outlining his concerns about pedestrian safety which is published here, and he has created a petition at Change.org, Immediate Call To Action For Maplewood Residents After Child Is Struck By Car In Crosswalk, which has over 600 signatures.
Beginning Monday, October 19, Maplewood police will be conducting pedestrian crosswalk enforcement/traffic details in and around Prospect Street, Springfield Avenue, Valley Street and surrounding streets. More information on the crosswalk enforcement/traffic details is available here.