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Young Boy Struck By Car in Bridgeville

The 5-year-old was crossing Washington Avenue with his mother when he was hit by a car pulling out of Burgh's.

A 5-year-old boy was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon with enough force to knock him out of his shoes while trying to cross Washington Avenue in Bridgeville with his mother.

The boy was not seriously injured, although he was taken to for precautionary reasons, Bridgeville police Chief Chad King said.

“As far as I know, he’s doing well,” King said. “He was up and moving around and doing pretty good once everyone checked him out.

"I guess little kids are made of rubber.”

King said the boy was walking with his mother, who was also holding a 5-month-old child, at about 1 p.m. when they tried to cross Washington Avenue between and . Traffic stopped in both directions, but a 20-year-old Cecil Township woman, who was not identified by , tried pulling out of the Bank Street Extension parking lot in her compact car.

She hit the boy in the crosswalk at a low speed, swooping him onto her hood and out of his shoes.

“The impact took him out of his shoes, but he seemed to be fine,” King said

The mother, who is from Bridgeville, and her other child were not hit by the car.

King said a citation against the motorist is possible. in recent months during Bridgeville Borough Council meetings.

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Mike Jones (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Councilwoman Mary Weise has been talking about pedestrian safety in Bridgeville for months. I get the feeling that she's going to be having a field day with this at next month's meeting.
Velvet Jones March 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM
One more thing. For people who are impatient and inconsiderate. When you see traffic stopped like that and people running around frantically, don't go flying around traffic in your monster SUV. Someone almost hit one of the people responding to the accident. This big Escalade flew past me and the dump truck in front of me and almost smashed right in to someone.
Velvet Jones March 27, 2012 at 10:38 PM
This happened right in front of me. It is indeed a very dangerous intersection. The problem is that it is almost impossible for people to turn out of that little road next to the Pizza shop. I think what happened is that when traffic stopped to let the mother and kids cross the woman in the car though they were letting her go and she pulled right in to the little kid. I though for a second that the baby had gotten hit as well. I saw the woman fling the little carrier up in the air as she was trying to avoid the car.
Mike Jones (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Your story is identical to what Chief King told me. He seemed to think she was looking right (toward the tattoo parlor) to see if traffic was letting her go and didn't see the mother and children (who were to her left) for some reason.
Mike Jones (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I just received a call from a reader who wondered what I meant by my "field day" comment. She thought it may have sounded sarcastic or flippant in the case of a serious situation. That's not how I meant for it to be interpreted. Let my explain what I meant: For months, the borough council -- especially Councilwoman Weise -- has been talking about pedestrian safety. Everyone knows how dangerous Washington Avenue, but it's unclear how to fix the problem because the highway and crossing signals are operated by PennDOT. I think Tuesday afternoon's incident will be seen as a clear example of how disastrous that area can be for pedestrians, which probably will be a major discussion topic during next month's meeting on April 9 at 7 p.m. Thank goodness today wasn't the tragedy it could have been.
Judy March 28, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I've had drivers behind me honk impatiently when I stopped at this same crosswalk to allow pedestrians to cross. Did they forget that pedestrians have the right of way? Too many rude, impatient drivers out there, including the person who had the misfortune of hitting the child. She should have looked in both directions.
ella March 30, 2012 at 02:01 AM
I've always had trouble with this intersection. It's a tight turn, a tricky traffic situation, and then there is the crosswalk to boot. I wonder if it would be better to eliminate that crosswalk in favor of a more defined walk at Station Street where there is a stoplight and more straightforward traffic patterns. As much as I feel for the little boy and his family, I also hope the driver that hit him is treated fairly. I imagine she is feeling terribly for what happened.

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