WESTFIELD, NJ — A pedestrian hit by a driver at Central Avenue and North Avenue East Monday evening was taken to the hospital, a police spokesman said.
The pedestrian, who was conscious when police arrived, was taken to Overlook Medical Center in Summit, Sgt. Michael Walsh said. The incident happened at 6:34 p.m., Walsh said.
A bystander said the pedestrian’s injuries did not appear to be severe.
Walsh the report was still being written Tuesday morning and additional details were not immediately available.
Central Avenue and North Avenue is among intersections identified in a 2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan commissioned by the town for recommending safety improvements.
While it is unclear what factors were at play in Monday’s crash, the plan says pedestrians are in conflict with turning vehicles and that a multi-lane section of the roadway encourages weaving.
The plan recommends pedestrian signal heads be installed and higher visibility crosswalks be added to the intersection.
The plan also advises the town to consider implementing a “lead pedestrian interval,” which is timing the lights to give pedestrians a head start when entering an intersection with a corresponding green light.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
Publisher Jackie Lieberman contributed this report.
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