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. 

Pamela Barnes November 05, 2012 at 02:39 PM
In short, this '66 year old West Caldwell man', my husband, David Barnes, was crossing the street to go to bank to get money for groceries to feed his family, including his 103 year old Aunt who is staying with him. This "66 year old man",was hit crossing the street using the median in front of Pancake House, a safer place to cross, giving pedestrians a chance to stop halfway if light changes. This "66 year old man, was hit by a car while the driver 'looked away' for a second, was thrown to hood of car,landing on street on his head, knocked unconscious, bleeding from a 6 inch gash and numerous other injuries, including a concussion. This '66 year old man' was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital in Paterson, where he received 6 staples to head and can barely walk due to abrasions/contusions and nausea from head injury. It was his wife, who did not find out til hours later, due to getting cancer treatments at Mountainside Hospital that had him released from hospital for treatment at home and under his Dr.'s care. So, there was NOTHING 'minor' about this incident. He has a name and has been a longtime resident of The Caldwells. I want to thank, first and foremost, Nurse Leslie Miller at St. Joe's, my family and also Teresa Akerson for her prompt attention contacting me.He is recuperating, however, I think West Caldwell Police, although proficiently doing their job, could use some 'sensitivity' training....that is NOT A MINOR MATTER.
Pamela Barnes November 05, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thanks, again, to Editor Akerson for her contacting me immediately upon reading my comments. I expect these comments here and above shall be 'approved'. It is NOT a 'Minor' incident. Thanks to all for helping to set the record straight. It is important to me, my husband, my family and the community to know the correct information. That is all that is important. Nurse Pam Barnes
Grover November 07, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hope your husband gets better.
Jenny November 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Wishing your husband a speedy recovery.
Pamela Barnes November 07, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Thanks so much. He's quite battered and bruised, and dealing with a concussion. Although the police told me that 'he should have received a citation for not using the crosswalk' .....i thought that 'pedestrians' had the right of way!!! Especially when I was told that the driver, in fact, did tske his eyes off the road. Go figure....gotta look into this! Doesn't seem right. Any other comments?? Please do so if you know something that I do not. God bless all the well wishers! He is a remarkable man still smiling amid alot of pain and dizziness. Pam Barnes, RN. (lucky wife)
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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