Poll: Pedestrian Safety Concerns in Chester?
Three pedestrians struck on Main Street in Chester in as many months, and Patch wants your suggestions on what should be done.
Over the past three months, three pedestrians have been seriously injured in accidents on Main Street in Chester Borough, two within the confines of a cross walk and we here at Mendham-Chester Patch want to know what you think should be done about it.
This is not to say this problem is a unique one. Over in Mendham a pair of people were struck by a vehicle in a cross walk while they were exiting the Kings and an elderly woman was struck by a Mendham Councilman in the same shopping center lot as well.
In downtown Chester, a woman was airlifted from Grove Street Park to Morristown Medical Center with serious injuries after being struck by a car in front of The Church of St. Lawrence The Martyr on Nov. 26. At the time, Main Street was closed for about 90 minutes while authorities investigated the accident.
On Dec. 22, the Saturday before Christmas, a 56-year-old Chester man was struck by a vehicle being operated by Chester Borough resident Debralee Madsen. The 53-year-old Madsen struck Ernest Brito Jr. as he was crossing the Main Street/ Perry Street crosswalk, police said.
According to police, traffic on Main Street had come to a complete stop to allow Brito to cross and Madsen was making a left hand turn from Perry Street onto Main Street when she collided with Brito.
On Jan. 26 53-year-old Lois Hodge-Villa of Parsippany was struck by 18-year-old Mendham resident Kathryn Donato while traversing a cross walk on Main Street. According to Chester Borough Sgt. Dave Jara the latter two accidents were similar in nature.
“They were pretty much identical,” Jara said. “Vehicles on Main Street did what
they were suppose to do and stopped. It's the vehicles coming from the
side streets that caused the accidents.”
Tell us: what are your thoughts on pedestrian safety on Main Street. Take our poll and sound off in the comments below.