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Pedestrian Hit on Fenimore Road

YieldtoPedestriansAn 84 year-old Ridgecrest West man was hit by a car when he was traversing Fenimore Road at 9:43 am on Thursday October 19. He was crossing Fenimore Road at Brewster Road, going from the south side to the north side of the street. He was in the crosswalk when he was hit by a 2015 Mercedes Benz driven by a 74 year-old woman from Fox Meadow.

The man sustained a head injury and was taken to Westchester Medical Center. As of Tuesday October 24, Mayor Dan Hochvert announced that the man remained sedated in the hospital.

Though there is not a traffic light at the intersection, there is a well-marked crosswalk and drivers are supposed to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

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0 #19 J. Milton 2017-10-31 11:21
Quoting Dangerous Crossings:
Quoting Concerned Citizen:
This situation is present ALL OVER SCARSDALE. I’m in the village every day. It is a RARITY for people to yield to any pedestrians in crosswalks. From east parkway and Spencer place, to the most dangerous intersections of Crane and the Bronx River Pkwy, barely anyone yields to pedestrians. It’s awful and something needs to be done to stop this.
Yes, the intersection at Crane and East Parkway is awful. Drivers are constantly speeding by the stop sign. Drivers also ignore the crosswalks in the village. I filled out the Forum's traffic survey. It is at triple w ScarsdaleTrafficSurvey dot com. It took very little time to fill out. I hope that the mayor and trustees listen to the survey results.
The intersection at Crane and Bronx River is horrible. Visibility is awful at night. The lights from cars turning onto Crane blind the drivers at the stop sign coming off of Crane to the point you can't see if anyone is in the crosswalk and there are no street lights to help you see pedestrians. I like the idea of the flashing lights to warn drivers pedestrians are crossing.
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+1 #18 Dangerous Crossings 2017-10-26 18:36
Quoting Concerned Citizen:
This situation is present ALL OVER SCARSDALE. I’m in the village every day. It is a RARITY for people to yield to any pedestrians in crosswalks. From east parkway and Spencer place, to the most dangerous intersections of Crane and the Bronx River Pkwy, barely anyone yields to pedestrians. It’s awful and something needs to be done to stop this.

The intersection at Crane and Bronx River is horrible. Visibility is awful at night. The lights from cars turning onto Crane blind the drivers at the stop sign coming off of Crane to the point you can't see if anyone is in the crosswalk and there are no street lights to help you see pedestrians. I like the idea of the flashing lights to warn drivers pedestrians are crossing.
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+1 #17 Lights, Speed bumps and tickets 2017-10-26 17:23
I agree with the comments against drivers and totally support: Crosswalks with Flashing lights (the Brewster one is poorly lit. It is hard to see this darkly dressed commuters waiting on the side walk and it is too dangerous for them to wait on the street) Speed bumps near schools and on the way to the trains(nobody wants to damage their fancy cars) More police presence AND driving tickets (leave the Parked cars of villagers that are supporting local commerce alone and ticket the heck out of the distracted drivers of all ages)
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+3 #16 Born & Raised 2017-10-26 15:35
I wasn't there to witness the accident nor the actions of the man or the driver. What I can say is that like stated above, Fenimore Road is a mess most days. People, both residents and passers-through use it, along with Mamaroneck Road as a cross town speedway. Everyone is in such a rush and don't follow basic traffic laws. I'd like to see a stop sign or two at Brewster Rd or Brite Ave. Gotta slow these people down and keep them alert
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-1 #15 Dangerous 2017-10-25 07:27
Quoting Some Things.....:
Concerned Citizen wrote; “It’s awful and something needs to be done to stop this.”

It is awful, and in some cases, the addition of traffic lights, stop signs, street lights to brighten night time crossings, and / or increased police presence during heavier used crossing periods will likely help. However, in my opinion, the cause of these incidents is also the result of: distracted drivers / pedestrians (using cell phones); and a me-first / entitled attitude of both drivers and pedestrians. People need to put down their phone, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so self important.

Quoting Some Things.....:
Concerned Citizen wrote; “It’s awful and something needs to be done to stop this.”

It is awful, and in some cases, the addition of traffic lights, stop signs, street lights to brighten night time crossings, and / or increased police presence during heavier used crossing periods will likely help. However, in my opinion, the cause of these incidents is also the result of: distracted drivers / pedestrians (using cell phones); and a me-first / entitled attitude of both drivers and pedestrians. People need to put down their phone, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so self important.

Quoting Some Things.....:
Concerned Citizen wrote; “It’s awful and something needs to be done to stop this.”

It is awful, and in some cases, the addition of traffic lights, stop signs, street lights to brighten night time crossings, and / or increased police presence during heavier used crossing periods will likely help. However, in my opinion, the cause of these incidents is also the result of: distracted drivers / pedestrians (using cell phones); and a me-first / entitled attitude of both drivers and pedestrians. People need to put down their phone, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so self important.



Some Things

I think to put blame and or responsibility on pedestrians is misplaced. I think it is in pedestrians’ interest to be more aware for their own safety but it is not a crime to walk while on the phone. The laws surrounding driving are that a driver should always yield to a pedestrian. The problem is with the drivers. This story is telling us that a Scarsdale driver ( who we assume knows the area) hit a pedestrian ON a crosswalk and seriously injured him or worse ( the ambulance took him to the medical center 20 minutes away rather than White Plains 5 minutes away). All the comments here are associated with poor driving as related to this story and your putting blame on pedestrians misses the point and implies an excuse for the horrible driving we see every day.
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-1 #14 Greenacres Resident 2017-10-24 17:27
I agree with the poster who suggested the flashing yellow lights similar to those in Hartsdale, about 1/4 beyond the Hartsdale Train Station on E. Hartsdale Avenue--althoug h this can happen at another intersection.

But what I also think can be both effective, and financially self-sustaining is the Village Police's purchase and use of cameras that discretely record hot spots, ticketing the vehicle's registered owner for offenses caught on camera after review, despite who is driving: legal precedent already established for holding the owner accountable with the EZ Pass Toll System.
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-1 #13 Speed bumps 2017-10-24 16:01
The suggestions for signage or lights aren't wrong, but we've all seen too many cars blow through stop signs in Scarsdale with no consequences.
If we can't consistently ticket people for speeding or signage violations, let's consider speed bumps to slow people down, either near schools, problematic intersections or on long stretches where drivers pick up speed.
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0 #12 Bei Mi 2017-10-24 14:12
Fenimore Rd = Dangerous Road
because: speeding cars, parts of Fenimore Rd, like between Oak Way and Brite Ave, are low points, which speed up cars further, not adequate lighting, no speed bumps, no stop signs
Fill out Village Forum survey, to make Fenimore Rd safer
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+6 #11 Add flashing lights 2017-10-24 13:30
Hartsdale has done something interesting and I think it can be more effective: they added bright yellow flashing lights on both sides of the crosswalk on E Hartsdale Ave (few blocks up from the train station). You can press a button when crossing and the lights flash. It's much harder to miss and I think works better.
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+10 #10 Some Things..... 2017-10-24 12:11
Concerned Citizen wrote; “It’s awful and something needs to be done to stop this.”

It is awful, and in some cases, the addition of traffic lights, stop signs, street lights to brighten night time crossings, and / or increased police presence during heavier used crossing periods will likely help. However, in my opinion, the cause of these incidents is also the result of: distracted drivers / pedestrians (using cell phones); and a me-first / entitled attitude of both drivers and pedestrians. People need to put down their phone, be aware of their surroundings, and not be so self important.
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