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Pedestrian Uses Umbrella, Handbag to Avoid Being Run Over

A quick-thinking pedestrian shielded her body from a vehicle on Franklin Avenue Monday afternoon, avoiding being struck.

A pedestrian crossing Franklin Avenue shielded her body from being hit by a vehicle late Monday afternoon by using an umbrella and handbag, Ridgewood police said on scene.

According to village police, traffic allowed a female driver turn left from Atlantic Stewardship Bank onto Franklin Avenue. While turning, the driver reportedly had trouble seeing the pedestrian due to heavy rain and the bar connecting the windshield and driver's side window obstructing her sight.

Fortunately, the alert pedestrian used her umbrella and handbag to take the force of the vehicle's impact, according to police. The vehicle never made contact with the pedestrian, though police said she was shaken up.

The driver was issued a citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

It's the second pedestrian-related accident in the last few days on Franklin Avenue. On Friday afternoon, a Paterson woman was struck by a 21-year-old Hawthorne resident.

According to the police report, the driver's view was obstructed by the NJ Transit bus the victim was getting off near the Walnut St. intersection. The victim walked in front of the bus and the driver, travelling west, did not have time to fully brake, according to the report. She sustained minor injuries in the accident.

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Jeanette L October 16, 2012 at 03:30 AM
I can't believe the amount of accidents and near misses that are going on the last few weeks! It's becoming dangerous to cross the streets or drive your car! And they want to add 3 developments with more people in this town? That would make it worse!
News Man October 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM
Problem at that intersection is its design and difficult police control. It has nothing to do with the BD development and improvement plan. The Status Quo mind set of some people impede Community Planners advice and guidance. .
Dennis Martinez October 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Everyone in Bergen County always seems to be in a rush so it's no surprise to continually read about pedestrian accidents.
jp1 October 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Need more of a police presence and enforcement of driving laws.
Walter Tuers October 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Do not cross the street in front of a bus or large truck!
elknu nek October 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
People are always in a rush and don't respect life.

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