Woman is 36th Pedestrian Struck in Fort Lee

Palisades Park woman suffers a lacerated elbow after getting hit by a car at Anderson Avenue and Main Street on the evening of the 4th of July.

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.

The Fort Lee Ambulance Corps transported the woman to Holy Name Medical Center for treatment, according to police.

“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.

PAT KINNEY July 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
people cross Rt. 46 @ Bergen Blvd - where there is no light, no crosswalk. They are catching a bus, going to Plaza West Shopping Center. Drivers are concentrating on the merging traffic. I've seen this twice since the Fort Lee crack-down began, making me more wary as a driver. But this is a matter for the pedestrian to heed. -Pat Kinney
Toni M. July 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM
The photo that u have connected to the story doesn't look like Anderson and Main.
kathryn tessaro July 05, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Even though pedestrians have right of way when crossing I still look and make sure cars see me and stop.. Fort Lee is a tough town but lived here my whole life and people just need to pay attention..both drivers and pedestrians!
Paul Umrichin July 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
That intersection is the other one in the story, Lemoine and Bridge Plaza. Both drivers and Pedestrians are at fault all over town. I've seen people not look at all as they cross the street and drivers using excessive speeds when pedestrians are crossing. Last month I watched a driver going at least 45-50 past the Fort Lee Museum and skid to a slow down(not a stop) to avoid hitting one of our councilmen. When I first started coming to Fort Lee 20 years ago it was practically religious to do the speed limit. Now our 25mph speeds through town are an option. Anderson, Abbott, and Lemoine/Palisade Aves need more attention. On Abbott the police need to teach people the laws on walking, running, and bicycling. Although some drivers need to slow down the pedestrians are walking with traffic on the wrong side of the street, biking against traffic, and the one that astonishes me is the mother walking against traffic on the left side of the one way with a baby carriage. You can take one pass down Abbott and see at least 5 violations during that circle.
Baba O'Riley July 06, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Sadly this is not Ridgewood where drivers actually stop, not just slow down, for pedestrians. Paul is right that some bicyclists, most walkers, most joggers and most people pushing baby carriages on Abbott Boulevard are in the wrong. How about assigning a Police Officer to first give warnings then tickets to these people as they are a hazard to drivers and themselves!?
Ed Marcus July 06, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Unfortunately this is just the beginning of pedestrian accidents. When they build Hudson Lights shopping centr Lemoine Ave will have more traffic then the West side highway if the stores are successful. they will have to build a foot bridge for people to cross the street. ED, FSG
ASP July 06, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The intersection at Fletcher and Linwood is also hazardous; for Drivers and pedestrians alike.
William Mays July 07, 2012 at 01:03 AM
So they can build a bridge, big deal.
Wonk July 08, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The "stop for pedestrian" signs are widely ignored along Main St. It seems in particular Asian drivers are blowing through them more regularly from what I have seen, and I am wondering if there is a language barrier for non-native English speaking residents that they do not understand what the signs mean. If they look at the number of accidents and see if there is pattern with the drivers involved, then maybe there should be an education campaign in their communities, engage their local leaders, to spread the word.
ilene siringo July 09, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Wonk, if you take the time to look at the majority of names named in the past articles on driver-pedestrian accidents, the drivers who have struck the pedestrian have not been Asian. A few months ago, I was almost run down by a Caucasian man in a pickup truck while jogging northward within the crosswalk crossing Slocum towards Fireman's Park. This man had the nerve to viciously curse and yell at me: a pedestrian who had the right-of-way, took the time to look before jogging across and having found it was safe to do so, but was then frightened to find a fast-driving truck just crossing Center Avenue speed up faster once spotting me in the crosswalk. So the take-home message here is... do not place blame on one ethnic group. Careless, impatient, aggressive drivers are to blame. Period.
Jason Satran July 09, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Fetcher and Main is a dangerous intersection for strollers. There is a ramp/slope from the sidewalk into the street but the ramp does not go into the crosswalk! In order to enter the crosswalk with a stroller one has to first enter the road outside of the crosswalk.
Wonk July 09, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Absolutely agree ilene, and I was not trying to stereotype anyone. Terrible driving is not specific to one group of people. It was just my observation that was who I saw not yielding and was trying to throw out some ideas. It probably would be useful to look at all the accidents to see if there are any other patterns that could be addressed.


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