Woman, Child Hit By Car Driven By Fort Lee Woman
The 87-year-old driver was ticketed Tuesday after she ran into a woman and her three-year-old child in a crosswalk at Center Avenue and Whiteman Street, police said.
A Palisades Park woman and a three-year-old child suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when they were hit by a car driven by an 87-year-old Fort Lee woman at the intersection of Center Avenue and Whiteman Street, according to police.
The pedestrian and the child were in the crosswalk, crossing west on Center Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday when they were both struck by a 2004 Lexus ES travelling east on Whiteman and making a left turn onto Center, police said.
The collision caused the woman and child to “land on the hood of the vehicle,” according to Fort Lee police, who also said the adult pedestrian and witnesses to the accident told them the 87-year-old driver did not yield to the two while they were in the crosswalk.
“The driver was issued a motor vehicle summons for failure to yield to pedestrians for the violation,” said Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas O. Ripoli.
The two victims, who suffered what policed called “minor facial injuries,” were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment.
On July 4, another Palisades Park woman, who suffered minor injuries after getting hit by a car at Anderson Avenue and Main Street, became the 36th pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Fort Lee this year, even as local police continued to emphasize pedestrian safety by cracking down on drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians and enforcing jaywalking laws.
“Everybody’s okay,” Ripoli said Wednesday of the latest incident. “But this was actually the opposite—they were in the crosswalk. It wasn’t the pedestrian's fault.”
But Ripoli also acknowledged that the problem persists in spite of the Fort Lee Police Department’s best efforts.
“It was an 87-year-old woman driving and a child injured; that’s the sad part of it,” Ripoli said.