Girl, 15, Struck by Car at Linwood and Paramus

Police report the victim flipped over the hood and was unconscious. She was cited for illegally crossing the street.

A 15-year-old girl from Florida was taken to the hospital after she was struck by a car while illegally crossing Linwood Avenue at the Paramus Road intersection Tuesday afternoon, said.

Sgt. Glenn Ender said the girl was crossing north to south outside of the crosswalk just before 4:30 p.m. when a Jeep traveling west on Linwood struck her. The girl flipped over the hood of the car and fell onto the blacktop, losing consciousness, Ender said. She regained consciousness but did not remember the accident happening, he added.

The victim sustained cuts and bruises and was transported to Valley Hospital where she's considered to be in stable condition.

The male driver, from Rochelle Park, was not charged in the accident. The 15-year-old, however, was issued a citation for improperly crossing at a lighted intersection.

Paramus police directed traffic at the busy intersection. Linwood Avenue was closed eastbound as officers investigated the incident but has since re-opened.

[Editor's note: Initial information provided by police was updated at 6:40 p.m. The girl's age is 15 and she was initially unconscious when found.]

Hannah July 10, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Well then, that sounds like a great place to put a huge restaurant. What could possibly go wrong? I hope she is ok.
JAFO July 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I saw a teenage girl today at just after 5pm cross Maple Ave at Ridgewood Ave against the light. WTF was she thinking?
Dorothy July 11, 2012 at 02:06 AM
That is just it, she was not thinking. Hannah, come on, why have any business out side a pedestrian mall? Everyone needs to exercise a bit of reason here.
Kathleen July 11, 2012 at 03:11 AM
I've seen so many teenagers not looking too aware as they edge early into the street, talk and move with their friends at lights, and walk/skateboard with headphones. It's been worrying to see since school got out. I hope more kids can hear about this accident, and learn the easy way how to pay attention at lights. Perhaps the middle and high schools needs to have more safety presentations like the elementary school.
JAFO July 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
the worst part is... she didn't even stop, look or wave.
Kristy Miner July 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The accident victim is my 15-year-old cousin who is visiting us from Florida. She is a very lucky girl despite suffering a fractured pelvis, concussion, and several cuts and bruises. It could have been MUCH worse. I agree with Kathleen; I really hope kids in Bergen hear about this accident and learn from it. Teens need to put down their phones and pay more attention. Our family is very thankful to the community for rushing to help yesterday. We are thinking about the driver as well who was also a victim yesterday. Thank God everyone is okay.
JAFO July 11, 2012 at 05:43 PM
An unfortunate accident that never should have happened. I'm glad it wasn't worse. I hope your cousin recovers fully.
John Hayday July 11, 2012 at 06:47 PM
What I am seeing all day in RWD are lots of near misses at pedestrian cross walks.Teenagers are walking out into the walks with out even looking up as they assume all the cars will stop for them.The real confusion starts at the traffic lights when they do the same thing assuming all cars will stop.We will be seeing more accidents like this untill there is better education about what is a pedestrian crosswalk and what is not.
kayla miner July 12, 2012 at 01:48 AM
That 15 year old girl was my cousin i just herd about it today ! </3
RdgwdGRock July 12, 2012 at 04:00 AM
it's heard, not herd.
J.D. Luke July 13, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Who wants to take a bet that the driver was not doing 25 mph?
ByeByeNJ July 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The driving situation around Ridgewood/Glenrock has gotten out of control. In Ridgewood Housewife with their kids run across the street to the Gap or the parking lot and get indignant when you don't slam on your breaks for them. The Glenrock crowd hammers their gas peddle as soon as they leave Glenrock, making Doremus Ave their drag strip and then lay on their horn if you don't pull into your driveway enough. The road rage has gotten so bad I've installed front and rear cameras on my car. The problem is not the teens, but the parents who set the example for them to follow.
Jim Finn July 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM
Not only do they need to hear about the accident, but more importantly that the teenager received THE ticket for the accident. Teenage arrogance is nothing new, I and my friends had it when we were that age, but nothing to the extent that exists with today's teen's. You can drive through downtown RGWD and they actually do it on purpose, defying people to hit them. Then you add to that the fact that they are most likely totally distracted by a thing in their hand or in their ear. Something needs to be done before we start reading about deaths and not just accidents.


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