A pedestrian accident can be one of the worst types, since pedestrians have little to no safety equipment or protection against the weight of an impact from a car or truck. Pedestrian accidents take place all the time, but this one that took place in New Jersey may shock you because of who caused it. According to the news from May 10, a New Brunswick fire chief has been in 19 accidents, but the latest involved him striking and injuring three children who were crossing the street at a crosswalk.
According to the story, the children were crossing the street at approximately 3:34 p.m. when they were struck by the fire chief. The accident caused two 14-year-old girls and a 6-year-old boy to be injured with broken bones and other injuries. This accident, which could have been fatal, sparked an outcry in the community, since the driver had 18 accidents prior to this one. The fire chief had allegedly been in an accident just six weeks prior to this one, and then had been in two in 2012, three in 2009 and in 2008.
The community has focused on making the area safer, and the county Board of Freeholders has allegedly said that the county is fast-tracking a plan to lower the area from a four-lane road to a two-lane road with a bike path and center turn lane. It's hoped that the adjustment will mean that pedestrians will only have to cross two lanes of traffic without having to worry about cars pulling out of parking spaces or side roads.
The accident involving the three children is still under investigation. According to the news, the fire chief has only been accused of moving violations, not of a crime. However, that could change once the investigation is complete.
Source: My Central Jersey, "Report: New Brunswick fire chief has been in 19 accidents; county fast-tracks road work" Sergio Bichao, May. 10, 2014