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West Caldwell Man Struck Crossing Bloomfield

Police say he was not in crosswalk.

A 66-year-old man who was struck by a car while crossing Bloomfield Avenue in West Caldwell Friday has been released from the hospital, according to police. 

The West Caldwell man was not in a crosswalk, police said, when he attemped to cross the busy county road around 12:30 p.m. and was hit in the westbound lanes in front of the Original Pancake House near the intersection of Passaic Avenue.

The West Essex First Aid Squad transported the man to St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson where he was treated and released.

The driver, an 18-year-old man from West Caldwell, was not charged, Chief Michael Bramhall said. 

Bramhall said the man was crossing over to where there is a Wendy's and a Shell station, but his destination was not clear. He said he was not carrying a gas can.

The westbound lanes of Bloomfield Avenue were closed during the investigation. 

Vivian Zak November 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
This brings up something that should be addressed. The intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Passaic Avenue on all four crosswalks, is very very dangerous. The light for pedestrians may last approximately 10 seconds if you are even able to get a light for pedestrian walk. I wish they would change this so people can cross these crosswalks safely. If you are elderly or have small children, you will never be able to cross. There is not enough time. Something should be done!
Heidi Spiegel November 10, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I think Vivian makes an excellent point. From what I understand, the gentleman who was hit crossed in order to use the median should he have gotten caught before the light changed. Even when in the crosswalk, drivers honk, proceed with someone in the walk, and turn right on red although illegal. Sad that this man was threatened with a citation while so many vehicles charge thru! I hope he is healing quickly with the help of his diligent family!
Pamela Barnes November 11, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Again, thanks Ms Spiegel for your astute comment. And, thanks for caring about the recovery of my husband, David Barnes. His symptoms of Concussion persist, leaving him too dizzy and weak to venture out of our home. Am still awaiting any comment from any official or person from law enforcement to rectify how the situation was handled nor address the issue of safety at the traffic light at question. Would his death have bee n more of a catalyst? This will be addressed fimly using another venue. What a shame. Pamela Barnes
Len Heinkel November 25, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Happened to be driving back home from Home Depot that afternoon when I could see every police car rushing to the scene. There must of been at least a half of dozen or so cars responding to get control of the scene, the intersection,, etc. The West Caldwell Police Department did a phenomenal job from my view point responding to a very serious situation. Hope all is well with your husband and is recovering!
Uncle Albert December 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
I'm very sorry for this accident and wish for the very fastest recovery for Mr. Barnes. That said, crossing any street not in a legit protected crosswalk, is jay-walking and is illegal. Your husband was in the wrong. Always cross in a protected crosswalk. Never make up your own rules. no one is aware of them rules but YOU. I wish for Mr. Barnes a speedy recovery.

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