WESTFIELD, NJ — The pedestrian-involved crash that occurred on New Year’s Day at an intersection on the town’s south side is at least the second such crash to occur there in recent months.
On Oct. 22, a Nissan Rogue turning left onto South Avenue West from Boulevard hit a 65-year-old woman from Westfield at 7:06 p.m., the police report shows. The driver told police that he stopped at the intersection and turned left onto South Avenue before hitting the woman and knocking her into a second pedestrian in the crosswalk, the report shows.
First responders took the 65-year-old Westfield woman to Overlook Medical Center in Summit, according to the police report. She told TAPinto Westfield that she sustained a broken leg in the crash. The 35-year-old driver from Plainfield was not issued a summons, according to the police report. He told police that he did not see both pedestrians in the crosswalk.
The Westfield woman who was hit told police that she pressed the crosswalk button at the intersection of South Avenue and Boulevard and the car knocked her into a man who also was crossing. The police report does not indicate the second pedestrian suffered injuries but states that he also was knocked to the ground.
Luis Perez, the owner of 1958 Cuban Cuisine, located at the intersection, said Friday that he frequently sees drivers ignore the pedestrian-activated beacon at the intersection. It is particularly an issue at night, said Perez, who recalled the crash from October.
On Friday, he activated the pedestrian beacon. One vehicle stopped but the car behind it passed on the left.
“They're blinking and cars keep on going,” Perez said. “You see. They keep on going.”
A recent survey of residents identified the intersection as one of many trouble spots for pedestrians and bicyclists in Westfield. The survey called it a “difficult or stressful intersection crossing” and noted a “high frequency of turning traffic” with vehicles traveling at high speeds. The survey also noted the “long pedestrian crossing” on a wide roadway.
The speed limit on that stretch of roadway across from the Westfield Train Station is marked as being 30 mph.
Municipal officials have sought to make pedestrian safety key goal, one they intend to achieve including through a state funded study carried out in 2019, which identified trouble spots and potential solutions.
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