Pedestrian struck by car

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A city man was seriously injured following a car-pedestrian accident on Dalton Avenue late Wednesday afternoon.

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“Illustrator/Desi gner”

Since: Apr 09

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#1
Dec 3, 2009
 
Isn't this the reason there's a LIGHT? And when it's green you DON"T STOP. The pedestrian is supposed to wait until the light is red. I hate it when people stop for me when they are not supposed to - that's what causes accidents!
Katie

Clifton Park, NY

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#2
Dec 3, 2009
 
I hope that he survives he's injury,but pedestrians need to be more careful when crossing, especially now that it gets darker quicker. Some people think its their right to walk right out in front of you, even when your suppose to stop for them, which sometimes can be just as dangerous for the driver as well as the the walker. Again I hope he survives his injury, my thoughts and prayers are with the driver also, he must live with this for the rest of his life.
get a clue

Clifton Park, NY

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#4
Dec 3, 2009
 
Pro Gun : you are an idiot. That man is someone's family member. And stopping for people in crosswalks happens to be the LAW. If you don't like it - move to another country. I cross North Street in a cross walk every day - stepping out in certain places is definitely a hazzard - its nearly always the idiot the second lane in who refuses to stop. Oh - and I see your mother made you into a true compassionate human being. Not.
liz

Clifton Park, NY

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Dec 3, 2009
 
Pro gun wrote:
Hey it's your life if you want to walk out into traffic without making sure it's clear because you're in a cross walk and the whole world should stop for you then go for it.
It's funny I've never even come close to getting hit by a car. I love it when the white trash mothers push the stroller out first it shoes how much they care about their illigidimate kids.
Is there any other way to push a stroller?????
REALITY

Boston, MA

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Dec 3, 2009
 
get a clue wrote:
Pro Gun : you are an idiot. That man is someone's family member. And stopping for people in crosswalks happens to be the LAW. If you don't like it - move to another country. I cross North Street in a cross walk every day - stepping out in certain places is definitely a hazzard - its nearly always the idiot the second lane in who refuses to stop. Oh - and I see your mother made you into a true compassionate human being. Not.
Yes it is the law..But people have to take responsibility for themselves as well. Just because you are in front of a crosswalk does not mean you can walk out whenever you want, you need to use your head and be sure that cars are stopping for you..if you want to be a fool and walk out without taking precautions just because you are in a crosswalk then go for it but don't whine when you are seriously injured because crying "I was in a crosswalk" is not going to help you now. GROW UP AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS....
I do not mean any ill will toward this person metioned in the article but in general, be smart and realize the world does not revolve around you
What

Northampton, MA

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#8
Dec 3, 2009
 
Are you kidding me? This man was almost across the street and got hit. Other cars had stopped for him! I am pretty sure when I took driver's ed they always told us you are responsible for your vehicle. Know your surroundings, be aware, pay attention, someone's pet, someone's child...someone may walk out in front of you. Okay, this man is an adult and maybe coudl have used more caution...but it sounds to me if other cars were stopped waiting for him...he might have use caution when he went to cross. however, would you all be condemning the vicitim if it were a child playing in a front yard that darted for a ball? Do you all just rush through green lights all the time without being aware of your surroundings? You've never seen anyone run a red light and come right through a green light that you had the right of way on? Please, stop criticizing anyone...accidents happen and realize the people and their families were affected by this accident.
Oineby

Glens Falls, NY

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#9
Dec 3, 2009
 
Did anyone notice that this person "almost made it all the way across"? So unless he can jump pretty far, I doubt that he just walked out in front of traffic. People had already stopped for him.
But I do know that people think they are indestructable, and walk into crosswalks without checking for oncoming traffic first. I live in Lee, so I know this very well. I also oh so love those people that decide that the crosswalk ten feet away from them is too far to walk to, so they create their own crosswalk.
However, I find that people are very stupid when it comes to the crosswalk near Sunoco and Rite Aid. That intersection has heavy pedestrian traffic and I have had to pull my car in front of other drivers trying to sneak around me when theres a pedestrian in the crosswalk. I'd rather suffer damage to my car than have a pedestrian hit full on by some idiot who just couldn't wait ten seconds.
Citizen

Venice, FL

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#10
Dec 3, 2009
 
It's ironic the way Pittsfield residents have all kinds of empathy for the driver in pedestrian accidents, UNLESS the pedestrian is deceased. Then the outcry is all in favor of the pedestrian. Cross walk/no crosswalk, daylight/night darkness; the bottom line is it's an unfortunate ACCIDENT.
Mark Jester

Clifton Park, NY

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#11
Dec 3, 2009
 
The streets of Pittsfield are dark, I don't know why the city even bothers turning them on. I have been saying this for a while now, They are burning at about 1/3 of their ability and it is very hard to see anybody in or near the side of the road. A great example is Park Square. On the other hand if you go down South Street near the Museum and the Theatre, you can operate on someone there is so much illumination. Turn the lights up in city! We’ll have less crime and less pedestrian accidents, especially in the Morningside area.
Goody

Schenectady, NY

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#12
Dec 3, 2009
 
The article says the driver went around a stopped vehicle. He must have gone around him pretty fast. Tony crosses here all the time and has never been hit before. My son is a friend of the pedestrian, Tony, and was at the hospital last night until 3:00 a.m. Tony was thrown at least 40 feet. His scalp has been stapled together from front to back, his neck is broken, and several ribs and other bones are broken. Stop debating this issue, and let them investigate what happened. Everyone has been traumatized, the driver, Tony, their friends and families.
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Longmeadow, MA

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#14
Dec 3, 2009
 
I have looked at all the comments on this page and not one person has anything to say about the man's age of 68 years. Yet another reason to be retested after 65. Assuming someone was turning without knowing what is going on in front of you is not the answer, give him what he is due...
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#15
Dec 3, 2009
 
I hope too, Tony recovers soon. Now with Christmas coming, and people having tons of things on there mind, we 'ALL'(drivers & pedestrians) need to be alert. This goes for the mall and strip malls. p.s here's a warning..watch out for those damn skate boarders at the old K-Mart area..they aim for you!
Fuzzy Zoeller

Rensselaer, NY

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#16
Dec 3, 2009
 
Pittsfield no more wrote:
The light was GREEN! That means the pedestrian had a BIG RED HAND telling him that it wasn't safe to walk. He couldn't even understyand what a picture means. I am not saying he deserved what happened, but come on pay attention to what you are doing. Both men here are at fault.
The driver is guilty if he passed in a white line, thats a prohibited area, NO PASSING.. whether the pedestrian was right or wrong in crossing.

Since: May 08

Queensbury, NY

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#17
Dec 3, 2009
 
My grandson was hit by a pick up truck,in the crosswalk directly in front of the registry!
1. He was riding his bike.
2. He was almost across when the light turned green for traffic.
3. Two lanes were stopped for the red light.
4. The inside lane,was screened from his view by an 18 wheeler.
5. He passed in front of the 18 wheeler and was struck by the truck which had seen the light go green and proceeded at a reasonable speed,not having to stop as the light turned while the vehicle was approaching.
6. He is fifteen years old,knows better,but made a poor choice,he also was not wearing a helmet.
7. He is recovering nicely,broken femur,rod from hip to knee,concussion,road rash,and a new appreciation regarding common sense!
No charges were filed,although I believe that his Father should have been fined for allowing him to ride helmetless!
Within 72 hours the drivers insurance company offered 30,000 to sign off,probably due to his age and a need to rid themselves of future possible medical bills!
He was wrong,on many counts,yet the insurance was willing to pay for his mistakes!
This is ridiculous!
I feel sorry for the lady who hit him,he caused the whole thing and he did so knowing the proper way to cross!
He has crossed there thousands of times,his luck ran out!
Fuzzy Zoeller

Rensselaer, NY

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Dec 3, 2009
 
ramdan wrote:
My grandson was hit by a pick up truck,in the crosswalk directly in front of the registry!
1. He was riding his bike.
2. He was almost across when the light turned green for traffic.
3. Two lanes were stopped for the red light.
4. The inside lane,was screened from his view by an 18 wheeler.
5. He passed in front of the 18 wheeler and was struck by the truck which had seen the light go green and proceeded at a reasonable speed,not having to stop as the light turned while the vehicle was approaching.
6. He is fifteen years old,knows better,but made a poor choice,he also was not wearing a helmet.
7. He is recovering nicely,broken femur,rod from hip to knee,concussion,road rash,and a new appreciation regarding common sense!
No charges were filed,although I believe that his Father should have been fined for allowing him to ride helmetless!
Within 72 hours the drivers insurance company offered 30,000 to sign off,probably due to his age and a need to rid themselves of future possible medical bills!
He was wrong,on many counts,yet the insurance was willing to pay for his mistakes!
This is ridiculous!
I feel sorry for the lady who hit him,he caused the whole thing and he did so knowing the proper way to cross!
He has crossed there thousands of times,his luck ran out!
I have seen near misses myself from being blindesided, but this particular accident is very clear, if the driver who passed on the right was in the white lined lane, he is guilty, simple as that. Do you agree?
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Clifton Park, NY

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Dec 3, 2009
 
Pro gun wrote:
Hey it's your life if you want to walk out into traffic without making sure it's clear because you're in a cross walk and the whole world should stop for you then go for it.
It's funny I've never even come close to getting hit by a car. I love it when the white trash mothers push the stroller out first it shoes how much they care about their illigidimate kids.
does it really SHOES....how much they care?? and why it got to be the WHITE TRASH? i tell you one thing ..i live in pittsfield and i see way more black/hispanics pushing strollers then white not like it really matters but just saying.

Since: May 08

Queensbury, NY

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Dec 3, 2009
 
Fuzzy Zoeller wrote:
<quoted text> I have seen near misses myself from being blindesided, but this particular accident is very clear, if the driver who passed on the right was in the white lined lane, he is guilty, simple as that. Do you agree?
The lady had a green light in a traffic controlled crosswalk area,she followed the law,and unfortunately my grandson did not!
He is at fault for the accident,he admits responsibility,and realizes that the motorist had no chance whatsoever of stopping when he emerged from in front of the truck!
Unfortunate for all involved but he knows where the buck stops!
A Mom

Troy, NY

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Dec 3, 2009
 
get a clue wrote:
Pro Gun : you are an idiot. That man is someone's family member. And stopping for people in crosswalks happens to be the LAW. If you don't like it - move to another country. I cross North Street in a cross walk every day - stepping out in certain places is definitely a hazzard - its nearly always the idiot the second lane in who refuses to stop. Oh - and I see your mother made you into a true compassionate human being. Not.
While it is true that stopping for people in crosswalks is the law there is a responsibility on the pedestrian to make sure vehicles approaching them have enough room to do so. I've seen people step out in front of cars without even looking. That's just crazy. Even if someone is driving the speed limit you can't stop a vehicle on a dime. Also, I know a lot of people drive around cars when their blinkers are on, myself included. But, obviously this car didn't have its blinker on and it was stopped in front of a cross walk. Precaution should've ruled the day and the driver should've stayed put for this very reason. I hope Mr. Sumy recovers quickly. He and his family are in my thoughts.
carol saldo

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Dec 3, 2009
 

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the man driving the truck WAS and IS at fault,,,,,,,don't they tell you to be in full control of your auto at all times.....the point is he was in a crosswalk other people on both sides were stopped and this man was in a hurry and hit an innocent man and put him in critical condition.........have some respect for the man who is suffering.......he is a husband, a father, a brother, a grandfather, uncle.....he is my family what if it was yours
RunDont Walk

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#23
Dec 3, 2009
 
know 1st hand wrote:
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I agree that you need to be more careful when crossing and realize your not the only person in the world and can't just step out in front of traffic - however - crossing North St every day is a hazard. Cars don't yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. I cross North St 4 times a day due to my job - if you don't take a step out, cars will not stop for you
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What part of he was almost across the street do you not understand? Not everyone walks as fast as those lights - he did not just 'step out'. He was ran down after several other cars had stopped. The driver was just not looking - plain and simple. Now I do feel for the man who hit him - but not as bad as I feel for my uncle and my family.

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