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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.

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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