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Pedestrian Struck Near Ridgewood Train Station

Victim transported to Hackensack University Medical Center with complaints of back and leg pain.

A 24-year-old woman crossing the street near the Ridgewood Train Station unexpectedly found herself on the hood of an Oradell woman's car, according to Ridgewood police.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., the victim was in the crosswalk traveling from the train station toward Garber Square when a 21-year-old Oradell woman heading east bound on W. Ridgewood Avenue did not see the pedestrian and struck her, Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward said.

The victim, who hit the hood of the car, complained of leg and back pain. She was transported to Hackensack University Medical Center by Ridgewood EMS. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, Ward said.

The driver was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The driver's identity was not immediately available, as the report had not been completed at the time of publication.

After reporting two dozen pedestrian strikes in 2011, Friday's strike represents only the seventh in Ridgewood in 2012.

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SR res October 05, 2012 at 07:59 PM
SR resident- as a graduate of RHS, I've seen many residents brazenly walk across the streets expecting cars to stop. It's pure arrogance, IMO. It's not just Ridgewood residents who walk wherever they want. I think it's far easier to walk than drive a car, you only need to worry about yourself, driving a car requires 100% attention. That said, failing to yield is insanely stupid.
James Kleimann October 05, 2012 at 08:41 PM
The victim was walking with the light in the crosswalk. You may be right that a lot of folks walk where they shouldn't when they shouldn't, but I don't believe it holds in this particular case.
News Man October 05, 2012 at 08:47 PM
James, did the injured patient request to be sent to Hackensack, Valley seemed more convenient don't you think? There didn't seem to be a special injury to require being sent elsewhere.
James Kleimann October 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I'm not aware of any specific request for HUMC. According to the chief, the victim was taken to HUMC for precautionary reasons. She was conscious at the scene and had feeling of her extremities, he said. HUMC has a higher level trauma unit, so in a lot of cases that's where victims are taken. Best answer I can give you.
DF October 05, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Only 7 in 2012? AS IF it's a good thing beating 2011 record of 2 dozen incidents including some loss of life! I believe the faux brick crossing recently laid does help but I always take huge precaution crossing streets in town. Nonetheless, people are still careless. I was hit 2 weeks ago just being behind a car that decided to put it in reverse right here in town. It's quite startling. I hope the person hit today is alright.
scruffy October 05, 2012 at 09:40 PM
The patient is sent to HUMC as they are a Level I Trauma Center. When one is hit by a car you go to the highest level care facility. Medics have to take to a Level I Hospital based on criteria and mechanism of injury. Valley does not have the same designation.
Matt October 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I've been saying for a while...that intersection is a DISASTER waiting to happen.
No One October 05, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The victim probably was taken to HUMC because given the cause of the injury, there was a possibility that they might have had some internal damage which if found, would have been a benefited from being at HUMC. The big thing would be back pain which could be a sign of spinal injury which is a very serious problem.
No One October 05, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Level II (although practically Level I in my humble opinion). And also, if someone is hit by a car it never is a hard and fast rule to have to go to HUMC, it depends on the speed they were hit and the signs/symptoms they present with.
W October 08, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Crosswalks are meant for vehicles to yield to pedestrians. Get your facts straight and possibly take a driver's education course because obviously you're not aware of this. Someone was hit by a car so honestly your opinion means nothing.

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