Mother and Son Hit by Car on Boyden Avenue

No serious injuries reported, driver not charged.


A 32-year-old Maplewood woman and her six-year-old son walking on Boyden Avenue and Parker Avenue were struck by a car on Wednesday evening, according to Maplewood Police Captain John Perna. Neither was seriously injured.

The pair were crossing Parker Avenue shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 28, said Perna, when a 63-year-old Maplewood man driving a 2004 Mercedes Benz traveling north on Boyden Avenue made a left turn onto Parker Avenue.

The man, who had a green traffic signal, reported that he never saw the mother and son (both of whom were wearing dark clothing) and drove into both of them while making the left turn, Perna said.

The mother and son were transported to St. Barnabas Hospital as a precaution; neither was found to have a serious or life threatening injury, according to police.

The man was not charged with a motor vehicle offense, said Perna.  

JPE November 30, 2012 at 08:13 PM
This article seems to favor the driver (he had a green traffic signal - the victims were wearing dark clothing), when clearly he was at fault. The victims also had a green light and the right of way. He should have been charged with something. People drive like lunatics in this town and should be called out for doing so, rather than excused. My ¢.02.
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
JPE, the police report noted the dark clothing so we included it. My guess (strictly my opinion) is that the police mentioned it as a public safety note for pedestrians.
JPE November 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Fair enough, Carolyn, but I would prefer the police ticket the man for reckless driving or something similar, to serve as a public safety notice for drivers.
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Point well taken, JPE. Agreed that reckless driving is a huge concern in our area.
JPE November 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Hope I didn't come off as a jerk - I just have a wife and son close to those ages and it struck a nerve.
Carolyn Maynard-Parisi (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Not at all! In fact, it is making me think I should write an article about pedestrian safety. Appreciate the comments.
LocalJoe November 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Since we're adding 2 cents, here's mine. Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when walking at night. all the dog walkers (smart ones anyway) do it my neighborhood. I disagree that the driver was reckless or careless. The driver was obviously proceeding slowly and cautiously based on the minor injuries to the two pedestrians. He stopped. Someone called for help, perhaps the driver. I applaud the officer for issuing no ticket in this instance. A ticket is not a preventative measure; it is a punative measure. It could have worse, for sure, and thankfully it was not. Better lighting at the intersection might be a preventative action as well as a pedestrian crossing signal (if not already there). I know the intersection and it is quite challenging even in daylight.
Jim November 30, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Totally wrong...a ticket implies wrong doing...the police and NOT the public are capable of determining the cause/effect in most situations. You suggestion leads to an automatic lawsuit...lawyer's win, injured/policyholder loose... Look at the facts... 6+ pm dusk...you can't see crap...everyone in this town has their brights on...that's the Maplewood way. "The worst time for a human's vision is dusk and dawn...you can't see crap...why do they attack at dawn...retreat at dusk?" Dark clothes...that's why deer get us on South Mt....if you can't see something, how can you avoid it? Next what do pedestrians know about driving...what do drivers know about walking? I've got the right of way, (rightfully so...it's the law) say's the pedestrian. I would have crossed quicker if you hadn't aimed that car at us. ... I made the turn (said the driver) and would have made it if you hadn't took so long to cross say's the driver...People in this town observe polite driving rule and real laws only on the weekend...this goes for the PD also... Is it not State Law...that you stop at a "Stop, right turn on Red" sign and then make your turn...MPD does it all the time! So what do we have here...assumption about our safety...not guarantied... assumption of our rights/space...well they will be vindicated...you may not be there to rejoice... Wake up Maplewood driving manners aren't for Friday PM till Sunday PM... God Bless all and a Safe, Joyous Holiday Season !
Donna Nitzberg November 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM
This is not a comment about this particular story, but Carolyn if you're going to write a story about pedestrian safety, could you please address a pet peeve of mine - the number of pedestrians in this town -- especially commuters walking home from the train and people pushing strollers -- who walk in the street instead of the sidewalk? I know the sidewalk is sometimes uneven, but it's very difficult to see people at dusk and in the dark, and seems incredibly dangerous.
Suzy December 01, 2012 at 12:30 PM
JPE, thank you. I'm glad someone spoke up. It is dangerous to be a pedestrian in this town. South Orange is far better at enforcing rules that protect pedestrians. Drivers hardly ever bother to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Pedestrians have to wait until there is a break in the traffic and then run. The cars won't even slow down. People making those lefts are horrible offenders -- Tuscan and Valley is notorious for this. They come flying down the hill, through the green light, and around the corner on two wheels -- if you are a pedestrian crossing you have to look out for them and get across as quickly as possible. If you are older or traveling with kids, this is difficult. I really wish they would enforce the rules that protect pedestrians -- stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and be aware of pedestrians crossing when you make a left. How difficult is this? If you "can't see crap" at night, maybe you should stay home and off the roads. Your eyes aren't what they used to be. This driver should have gotten a ticket. Being aware of the possibility of pedestrians in a crosswalk is part of driving in a town -- whether at night or during the day, and regardless of what the victims were wearing.
David Easton December 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
I second Donna's comment and it seems as good a time to bring it up as any. Street = for cars/vehicles Sidewalk = for pedestrians
JPE December 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
The culture needs to shift. Currently it is rare that cars yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. I have stopped for someone to cross, only to have the cars coming in the opposite direction keep speeding through - making for dangerous situation. I have also had the police stop to allow me to cross, and cars in the opposite direction speeding through until the cop turned on the red/blue lights - it's ridiculous. Of course pedestrians should be proactive and aware, but you will never convince me that a man who struck a woman and child in a crosswalk (at any speed) was proceeding cautiously, and not recklessly and carelessly.
teamster1161 December 01, 2012 at 06:13 PM
once again at the end of the month maplewood has set up checkpoint in the bottom part of maplewood by irvington the ticket blitz begins . why do they set it up on the other side of the tracks. let me take a guess why, becausethe maplewood police department dont want to inconvience the upper class of people on that side. what a shame what has this town come to
teamster1161 December 01, 2012 at 06:15 PM
i meant why dont they set it up on other side
Suzy December 01, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Drivers will never be convinced to make pedestrian safety a priority unless the laws are actively enforced. Unfortunately, they are not. It is a state law to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. I follow this law. However, I am frequently honked by cars behind me for doing so. I don't seem to get this reaction at a red light -- that is because that particular law is enforced and thus respected. It is also a law that pedestrians in a cross walk have the right of way when crossing at the green, but you would never know it by the behavior of drivers making left turns. They couldn't care less about the pedestrians who may be in the crosswalk. One raining dark morning, I saw a poor guy get hit by a car at the corner of Valley and Tuscan. The poor guy was probably just on his way to the train in the rain. I think he was okay, but there was blood all over the place. Driving is a responsibility, not a right. There are too many careless and reckless drivers behind the wheels of one-ton machines that are no match for the bodies that they hit into. I wish there would be some enforcement of the basic laws that are already in place. Laws that are not enforced and not respected. Thanks again for speaking up JPE. Cautious driving, especially when passing through a pedestrian crosswalk, means no one has to be taken to the hospital. There should be some consequences for such gross incompetence.


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