Pedestrian and Bicyclist Struck by Vehicles

According to Ramapo Police two people were struck by vehicles Thursday night in separate, unrelated incidents. Police stated that around 8:25 PM a 14-year old boy was struck on Route 59 near Besen Parkway, by a 34-year old woman driving a Dodge Durango. The Airmont boy was taken to Westchester Medical Center for serious injuries following the accident. Then around 9:30 PM a 27-year old Monsey man was struck by a Dodge minivan while walking in the yellow middle section of Route 306. The 42-year old driver from Monsey was issued a ticket for driving in a safety zone and improper passing, and the pedestrian was taken to Westchester Medical Center for an injury to his leg. In the fall Ramapo Police began a new safety initiative to help prevent the more than fifty vehicle and pedestrian or bicycle related accidents that occur in the town yearly. The program placed plain clothed officers at cross walks and intersections in an attempt to catch drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians. Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence stated on WRCR Friday morning that while the community grows the town is working to build sidewalks and educate pedestrians on the dangers of being on the side of the road in the dark, as well as continuing to educate drivers.

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