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.  

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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