UPDATE: Man Struck By Car On Grove St. Today

Also, a woman and toddler were struck on Route 10


A man was struck by a car at about 7:35 a.m. today while attempting to cross Grove Street in the crosswalk by Oxford Street.

According to Montclair police, the driver was a 71-year-old East Orange resident who was traveling northbound on Grove Street when he struck a pedestrian who was crossing at the intersection of Grove and Oxford. The driver, operating a Ford Fusion, was issued motor vehicle tickets for driving an uninsured car and also for failing to stop at a pedestrian crosswalk.

The pedestrian, a Montclair man, was transported by ambulance to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

A few months ago, a Montclair High School student was hit crossing at the same spot, at Grove Street near Oxford.

The incident early today is just the latest in a string of accidents involving pedestrians in Montclair.

A fatality occurred on Upper Mountain Avenue at Van Vleck Street in October 2011. Another occurred on Bellevue Avenue in March 2011. Elsewhere, two pedestrians were recently hit crossing mid-block near Midland and Bloomfield avenues. Another person was recently struck crossing South Fullerton at Plymouth. And a young girl was struck at Valley and Wildwood. Her mom said the girl “was knocked out of her sneakers.”

At the same time, a West Orange resident is listed in serious condition after being hit by a car while crossing Route 10 in front of Mount Pleasant Middle School in nearby Livingston this morning. She was holding a toddler at the time.

Kareen Barrett, 42, was crossing the intersection of Tiffany Drive and Route 10 with a 2 1/2-year-old boy in her arms when a woman driving a Honda Odyssey van struck the two, said police. The driver has been identified as Cuifang Nie, 40, of Livingston.

Paramedics and the Livingston First Aid squad responded to the scene and brought the two pedestrians to University Hospital, according to Livingston Det. Sgt. Anthony Dippold.

As of 3:30 p.m., Barrett was listed as being in serious, but stable, condition with multiple broken bones and possible head trauma. The toddler is being kept for observation after possibly suffering a fracture.

Barrett is the caregiver for the toddler, a Livingston resident. Investigators say that by holding the toddler, some of the impact was taken off of the two when the van hit. In addition, investigators say that the injuries to the toddler would've been much worse if he was not in his caregiver's arms.

The accident, which occurred at 8:57 a.m., closed a portion of Route 10/Mount Pleasant Avenue, but it has since reopened. The Essex County Prosecutor's Office also responded to the scene.

Nie was questioned at Livingston Police Headquarters following the accident and no decision has been made as to which charges, if any, will be filed.

Stay tuned to Patch as more details become available.

word May 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
We need a light at Grove and Oxford. Being so close to the train, so many people are crossing there and drivers do not always stop as they are supposed to when folks are in the crosswalk. Perhaps a light that is always green unless a pedestrian pushes the button to indicate they need to cross. How many accidents--and near accidents, which I've personally experienced--do we need before we do more than put a plastic cone in the middle of the road? Let's take care of this once and for all.
Stuart Weissman May 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I've warned the town about that intersection before. It is actually impossible to see if cars are coming from the south on Grove Street when driving west on Oxford. The issue is only made worse due to the lack of traffic enforcement (is it any surprise the MPA loses money?) for vehicles parked illegally dropping off their dry cleaning or getting a newspaper or lottery ticket at the bodega right there. On the opposite corner(northeast), cars are parked all day illegally by Walnut Street station commuters. I used to live on Christopher Street right by that intersection and would never drive Oxford westbound due to it. Google it and you can see my blog complaints about it from many years ago. Of course, it's Trenton's fault.
Butterfly May 10, 2012 at 05:26 PM
yup that is what is needed
Stuart Weissman May 10, 2012 at 05:44 PM
POSTED BY stu | September 14, 2010 @ 12:58 pm I dare anyone to drive westbound on Oxford and try to cross Grove Street to continue onto the intersection with Christopher Street. All of the intersections others have listed are pretty bad and accident prone, but none leave you playing Russian Roulette like this one. Just try it some time either in the morning or evening rushes. There are always about 10 cars parked illegally in both directions on the north side of Grove Street which are made up of commuters utilizing the Walnut Street rail station (and you wonder why the parking authority is broke?). Then on the north side of the intersection, there are always cars parked illegally (albeit temporarily) as people are not willing to walk more than 10 yards to drop off their dry cleaning, or to pick up a newspaper or lottery ticket. Sometimes, Decamp buses and UPS are guilty of this as well. All of these cars park so close to the corner that it is actually impossible to see if there are any cars heading northbound on Grove Street making it impossible to cross it safely. It’s a long way around, but to get to my home on Chrsitopher Street when coming from the south and east, I will always wait at the light on Walnut. Thank the lord, the county finally replaced the signals at that intersection. For a while there, you couldn’t tell which light was for which traffic as it was set 45 degrees between the intersection.
Dennis Connors May 10, 2012 at 06:30 PM
crossing Grove safely at rush hour anywhere without a light is a crapshoot. A few weeks ago, clearly standing in the designated crosswalk at Carolin Road, I waited for at least ten cars to pass from each direction until one finally stopped. The driver of that car had to lay on the horn, even as a pickup truck tried to pass on his right, but thankfully, I was able to safely cross. The car that stopped, by the way, was driven by Mayor Jerry Fried. Thanks Jerry!
Stuart Weissman May 10, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I thought Jerry only biked everywhere.
Shelley Emling (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Thanks for sharing that Dennis..
Crafty Spiker May 10, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Traffic lights cost money and impede traffic. Enforcing existing laws costs 'nothing' and would yield money from fines. Education and enforcement - for both drivers and pedestrians.
Shelley Emling (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Crosswalk rules can be found here.. http://patch.com/A-sLV5
Peter Simon May 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
"Of course, it's Trenton's fault." Always with the digs.
Chris May 10, 2012 at 11:33 PM
It also costs money and impedes traffic to send police and ambulances to the scenes of pedestrian accidents. I agree that a light at that intersection is the right approach. Enforcement has not worked, and the drivers in this town have shown no desire/ability to mend their ways.
mkr May 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Montclair Police were out at crosswalks in full force for about a month after they decided to enforce this decades old law. Then nothing. Probably the WORST crosswalk for violations.....near the Bellaire House on Valley Rd. where little old ladies try to cross with their walkers. The township could make upwards of $2000 a day there if it was watched every so often.
Jeff Jacobson May 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Unless the law has changed since my Streets Department days -- and I don't think it has -- traffic lights can only be installed at intersections where the peak hourly volume on both streets exceed minimums established by the federal DOT. There's no doubt Grove Street has enough traffic to qualify, but Oxford, unfortunately, may not. There are things the town can do short of a traffic light, including (1) making the crosswalk more visible with thermoplastic lines and glass beads, (2) increasing the "no parking" distance from the corners (and enforcing that rule vigorously), and (3) putting up "Ped X'Ing" signs. Councilor-elect Robin Schlager is extremely concerned with pedestrian safety issues, so I'm sure she's going to be all over this.
frank rubacky May 11, 2012 at 01:40 AM
It's a County Road!
Athena May 11, 2012 at 01:46 AM
If the intersection isn't eligible for a traffic light, how about a stop sign? They're relatively cheap, aren't they? No one ever yields to pedestrians there.
Stu's Wife May 11, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Aww Peter. Stu enjoys shock value. I think it detracts when he makes an otherwise valid point. We lived a block away from that intersection for 10 years. I lost count of how many times I was almost hit crossing the street at that corner with a baby stroller and sometimes a large dog in tow (we were a pretty hard group to miss). It's one seriously scary street to cross. Truce, my Glen Clair neighbor. Come seek us out and we will gladly raise a glass to your new Mayor. May he deliver all he has promised. No one loves to see Stu proven wrong more than I do.
carol May 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM
maybe don't let the meter parking people on grove st. park so close to the corners so at least you can see an oncoming car
chris May 11, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Kids FLYING down Norwood almost struck my 6 year old daughter on her bicycle yesterday evening about 6:30pm. They must have been going at least 40 mph right before you get to Lorraine. I screamed, "STOP" as loud as I could which thank goodness, they did. People need to slow down in this town! It's the time of year when people are walking, enjoying the nice weather, riding bikes - kids aren't always looking out the way they should. Motorists really need to start paying better attention. I know I will. Thank heavens this person wasn't fatally injured like the pedestrian last year.
A. Gideon May 11, 2012 at 04:34 PM
"Education and enforcement" Education is a good long term solution, but I don't see it being of immediate help. The FAA runs "continuing education" type programs for pilots, but the joke/truism is that it is usually the pilots that don't attend that most need to attend. And there is nothing equivalent for drivers. Enforcement sounds good, but we cannot expect the police to be on hand at every crosswalk 24x7. This particular intersection may be bad, but there are plenty of others in town. More, as noted above, any crossing of Grove w/o a light is a tricky experience. What I'd like to see tried is a variation of enforcement with some proxy for the police: cameras. I'm not sure how this would work for a crosswalk, but I expect that there is some solution (perhaps the pedestrian seeking to cross presses a button which enables 60 seconds of video?). This wouldn't be cheap, but I expect it would not be long before the additional fines would pay for themselves. A minor enhancement to this video mechanism could be a sign that lights notifying drivers that someone is hoping to cross. That could be helpful, as - esp. at night - it is not always easy to see pedestrians seeking to cross at a distance. As I understand it, though, such traffic cameras are not permitted in NJ. If this idea is actually workable, then perhaps we need to seek to change that law. ...Andrew
Laine Murphy May 12, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Every neighborhood can identify with having that one street that's difficult, to cross. Every day I see folks at crosswalks who take that first step onto the street then look away or blather on their cellphone. Traffic has stopped, they are oblivious. Also people do the opposite which is dart out BEFORE being sure traffic has stopped. and it's totally unsafe to slam on your brakes when you have someone following you too closely. I suggest that the simple gesture of raising a hand (drivers can see you behind parked cars) to flag that you are there and ready to cross.
Crafty Spiker May 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
It's really great to see people thinking beyond traffic lights. I love the idea of the hand-raise to signal, "Yes, I REALLY want to cross the street".
carolla7411 July 20, 2012 at 11:03 AM
That is so true, I was thinking the same thing.


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