Pedestrian Struck in Front of Valley Hospital Wednesday Morning

Driver issued citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian

A 75-year-old woman was struck in front of while in the crosswalk Wednesday morning, said.

According to Cpt. Jacqueline Luthcke, the victim, a resident of Ridgewood, was crossing south-north toward the east crosswalk of Linwood and N. Van Dien when struck by a Bergenfield woman's vehicle at 9:12 a.m.

The 75-year-old woman was taken to Valley Hospital complaining of head injuries; the severity of injuries was not known, police said. The driver, aged 27 and from Bergenfield, was issued a citation for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Ridgewood police said the driver was attempting to make a left turn from N. Van Dien onto Linwood Avenue. The pedestrian had a "walk" signal at the same moment the driver's red light turned green, which resulted in the accident according to police.

The driver said she did not see the pedestrian when she struck her, authorities told Patch.

"Pedestrians have got to make sure vehicles see them before they step into a crosswalk," Luthcke said.

A occurred in August at the same intersection.

Ridgewood police, EMS, Valley paramedics and Ridgewood fire all appeared on scene.

[Editor's note: Correction – The identify of the driver and victim was transposed. The error has been corrected.]

Glenn December 01, 2011 at 03:42 PM
B@B - I agree with what you are saying, and more caution should be used by pedestrians after dark, but this doesn't excuse drivers from not stopping. Car after car after car will pass pedestrians without stopping to let them cross when they are standing at a marked cross walk.
B@B December 01, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Glenn: On that we agree.
Bill Connor December 01, 2011 at 09:03 PM
As Per my earlier comments re: the dangerous Library crosswalk situation- our citizens literally take their life in their Hands attempting to Cross in these walks- dark December + January Winter Evenings are even more dangerous- reflective clothing yes..compliance YES- hey Drivers..JUST STOP,.,,its a simple concept..
Lindsay December 04, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Just out of interest, and making some assumptions, this accident may be due to a cultural difference: in China, drivers routinely go through red lights if there is no opposing traffic ... pedestrians do not count as traffic! Painted cross walks are typically seldom observed as "pedestrian protected" areas; drivers just honk at pedestrians to get out of the way or swerve around them. Just to be clear, I'm not promoting this behavior, just providing a possible theory based on personal experience :)
Steve Holder December 05, 2011 at 01:51 AM
You are kidding right?


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