A Palisades Park woman who suffered minor injuries after getting hit by a car at Anderson Avenue and Main Street Wednesday evening became the 36th pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Fort Lee this year alone, police said.
The 46-year-old woman was crossing Anderson from the southwest to the southeast corner “in a marked crosswalk,” according to police, when she was hit by a car traveling west on Main Street and making a left turn onto Anderson.
The collision knocked the victim down; in the process of falling, she hit her left elbow on the curb and suffered a laceration, police said.
“It wasn’t [a serious injury], but the driver was given a summons,” said Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli. “That’s the way we’re doing it because of our situation in town.”
The driver, a 59-year-old Fort Lee man, was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian, Ripoli said.
The accident, which occurred at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, happened in spite of the ’s continued in light of a rash of such incidents this year.
After a in an accident at Whiteman Plaza in May, Capt. Keith Bendul said local police would continue that focus by enforcing and continuing a crackdown on in crosswalks.
“We’re stressing to everybody, drivers and pedestrians, to remain vigilant about their surroundings and their environment,” Bendul said at the time. “We’re desperately trying to do everything we can to prevent more injuries and more crashes.”
Wednesday’s accident also came on the same day NorthJersey.com reported that Fort Lee was home to one of the most dangerous intersections in Bergen and Passaic counties, Lemoine Avenue and Bridge Plaza North, the location of 15 crashes and 12 injuries between 2008 and 2011.
The report also identified more than a dozen “accident hot spots” in Fort Lee, including Anderson and Main, based on accidents recorded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation during the three-year period.
In March, Ripoli in hopes of reducing the number of accidents.