Teaneck Woman Struck by Car in Ridgewood Friday Morning

47-year-old Teaneck woman taken to Valley Hospital after being struck by a vehicle at W. Ridgewood Ave. and N. Monroe St. Friday morning.

A Teaneck woman was taken to Friday morning after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of W. Ridgewood Ave. and N. Monroe St, said.

According to Ridgewood Police Chief John Ward, a 62-year-old Ridgewood woman turned from W. Ridgewood Ave. onto N. Monroe at about 7:32 a.m. and struck the pedestrian walking east-to-west in the crosswalk.

The victim was transported to Valley Hospital suffering from a head injury. Her injuries were not believed to be considered serious, Ward said.

The driver was issued a summons for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk, Ward said.

Lisa Ertle June 01, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Within the past two weeks I have actually had to flash oncoming vehicles to stop for someone in the crosswalk. On both occasions the oncoming cars contiued to speed through with the pedestrian nearly halfway across the street. Both times this happened on Franklin---on streets without traffic lights.
Concerned Ridgewood Dad June 01, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Surprise, surprise - another pedestrian struck in a crosswalk... how many times does this need to happen before the Council and PD take this issue seriously?
Harlan Consider June 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Wow, a Prius driver failing to yield to a pedestrian! I thought Prius owners were all about peace and love?
Moist Cake June 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Lets be realistic and honest at the same time with this issue. Enforcement works, as in ticketing people who jay walk and those who field to yield will cause a slow down to those who are ticketed and those are witness to enforcement. However, being realistic our police can ticket all day and there will still be those who are hit, like all accidents its inevitable. I also believe police cannot be everywhere at once, that's a fact. I am willing to accept that this is a consequence to living in NJ where over population is abundant and people are everywhere. I also believe this is a hot button issue and easy grabber for the media, which is why its reported every time. That being said where a daily population may be 30,000 plus where 15 people may be hit a year and 1-2 killed, statistically is an average. By comparison 250 people are killed a year in NYC (http://www.cars-suck.org/news/kbarelease.html) and thousands struck. Im sure there will be some that consider that remark insensitive but its truthful. It doesn't mean we cant do more but I think we have done a lot to combat this. A crosswalk attached to a light is a structural end to protecting pedestrians without the addition of red light cameras and surveillance attached to the light pole similar to what NYC and Newark have. Being that people are screaming about taxes going up 4 threads away from this article, that isn't feasible.
Slow Down June 01, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I was having lunch this week outside at Natalies (on Broad St.). There were cars comming from the Ridgewood Ave. intersection speeding at 40mph by the time they reached Natalies (200 feet ?) - half of them were on the phone too.. Numerous pedestrians were completely ignored in the crosswalk in front of Super Cellars Wine Shop. I was surprised no one was hit in the 40 minutes I was there. Doesn't make for good digestion. People just drive too fast in town. They are in a hurry and that justifies their speed. It's all about them. Ask any of the drivers who hit someone and I'm sure they'll tell you different now. SLOW DOWN !!!!
jp1 June 01, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The police really have to get serious about the problems in the CBD with speeders jay walkers, etc.,etc.,etc. It just never happens.
Ridgewood Mom June 01, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Concerned Ridgewood Dad June 01, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Hey Moist Cake, You state: "However, being realistic our police can ticket all day and there will still be those who are hit, like all accidents its inevitable. I also believe police cannot be everywhere at once, that's a fact." 2 points First, this is not an either or situation - nobody expects the police to "ticket all day long" but the fact of the matter is the Ridgewood police ticket far too little. Anyone who's driven around the CBD for 5 minutes knows this. I honestly think the cops out front of Ridgewood coffee think they're invisible or something. Guys (and gals), sitting on your butts while laws are broken in front of your face is a disgrace. And the line about needing to be in your squad car to respond immediately is a load of BS and you know it. Second, regarding the police being everywhere - the police wouldn't "need to be everywhere" if drivers and pedestrians alike thought they might get a ticket for violating the law. Stepped up enforcement (and not just for a week or two) becomes a "force multiplier". People will obey the law because they don't want a ticket, very simple. No new cops needed, no overtime.... oh wait, that's not going to go over well with Ridgewoods Finest. Better to chalk this incidents up as unfortunate and unpreventable accidents and continue ignoring the problem.
Mezzo, etc. June 02, 2012 at 12:17 AM
My take on this? Drivers and pedestrians need to be more careful, kind and courteous with one another. We all need to slow down and pay attention, give each other a wider berth than seems to be the frantic norm these days. No one wants to be hit, and no one wants to crash into someone and cause harm. Slow down, take a breath, look around you, take CARE with your other humans. Smile. Yield. Getting where you're going, either on foot or in your car, is NEVER worth ruining or sacrificing someone's life for, I think we can all agree on that. Accidents will happen, of course, but it IS within our power to do our personal best to limit them by exercising our empathy and awareness skills, our "road manners." Treat everyone as if they are a treasured loved one, because they are SOMEONE's treasured loved one, and don't deserve to be disregarded or harmed, any more than you do. TAKE CARE, EVERYONE. Look around you and take good, good care of one another. I'm not perfect, I have my own distracted, harried, impatient days. We all fail at this in one way or another, on a given day, but we must keep striving to be more gentle with each other. The police can't do it for us, it is our own responsibility. My two cents. Hope y'all don't mind. :-) Have a nice day, and enjoy your weekend. :-)
Harlan Consider June 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
That's all very sweet, Mezzo, but this is the equivalent of us all singing cumbaya. It's like saying we can fix crime by asking everyone to stop stealing.
Bill Grae June 03, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Anyone else notice that in virtually every one of these pedestrian vs. vehicle accidents at least one of the participants is over the age of 60?
fordhammsw June 05, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Why would the driver only be given a summons for failure to yield? If there is reckless driving and bodily injury results, that meets the NJ criteria for vehicular assault.
Michael Kelley June 22, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Could it be that you are the reason for the accidents? I dont think flashing cars is a good idea. Tho I am not sure who was driving those cars, because if you flashed me I would stop.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Too many people,drivers and pedestrians think they are sooo important that others must stop for them. Everyone is in a hurry. Well get up earlier.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Same goes for speeding in Fair Lawn. Especially you mini van Moms who are doing 50 in a 25 mph zone on the phone with 5 kids in the van. I see this almost every day when school is open. I told one mom whom my kid plays with that she is NOT to let my kid in her car.
Harry July 02, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Reckless driving is with the intent on harming.


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