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Pedestrian Hit on S. Broadway in Nyack

Police: injuries serious; resident hears 'thump'

A pedestrian was struck by a car and left with "serious injuries" on South Broadway in downtown Nyack Tuesday afternoon, said.

The accident occurred near the South Broadway-Burd Street intersection, and closed a portion of the South Broadway roadway for about one hour.

"The injured person was taken to the hospital," said Sgt. Sean Russo of the Orangetown Police Department.

Police remained at the scene after emergency vehicles took the victim away, and have not released further details.

Jack Dunnigan, who owns near the scene, did not see the accident—but he heard it.

"I heard the thump," Dunnigan said. "It's a bad situation."

Dunnigan said the victim was a female walking on the east side of the street.

John Whitley August 01, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Our local Police (Nyack AND South Nyack) really need to take control over the situation in our Village. As a driver and sometime pedestrian who has lived in the Nyacks for 27 years, I get "steamed" by the inconsiderate, law-breaking, selfish morons who think that it is o.k. to : 1. Illegally park on the corners of the intersection of Main & Broadway (amongst other locations) for a "few minutes" because they just HAVE to pick up their Starbucks. 2. Drive through the Village with their cellphones glued to their ears. 3. Ignore pedestrians who are half-way across the marked pedestrian crossings and come close to mowing them down. 4. Who blow their horns at ME when I stop for pedestrians on the walkways. (By the way - have you seen the way the pedestrians smile and wave "Thank you!" when you DO actually stop for them?) Consideration people, consideration. Stop driving through Nyack like it is an extension of the New York State Thruway. PUT the darn cellphone down. Allow a couple of extra minutes for your trip so you do not have to drive like a moron. Ooops, sorry, forgot that it is 2012, the age of the selfish idiot.
Matthew Ciuccio August 01, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Years ago I was also hit by a car on Broadway, and almost multiple times. I always thought a good way for the town to make money would be to enforce the crosswalks. It is not a pedestrian friendly town. I hope the injured person heal soon.
joie August 01, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I too hope the injured female heals soon. I frequent Nyack on the weekends strolling the shops and eateries virtually every weekend as I meet up with friends and over the years hardly ever encountered issues with vehicles however I have noticed folks engrossed in texting and or cell phone conversations and walking straight into traffic ignoring traffic signals or much else. I do hope crosswalks are enforced by both pedestrian and vehicles alike.
DLS August 01, 2012 at 02:01 AM
There is no doubt that many drivers do not give pedestrians right of way that are at the crosswalks in Nyack. I also happen to feel very strong about the poor design of the streets and current crosswalk patterns Nd placements. I believe that in some cases that could contribute to a hazardous situation. There are crosswalks in some cases within a few feet of each other. Some are barely visible as their paint is so worn and others are on a diagonal which is in no way a safe or normal cross pattern. I hope that this unfortunate incident brings awareness to pedestrian safety. It is long overdue.
Christina Place August 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I'm not surprised. Countless times I have nearly been hit by drivers failing to yield to the crosswalks. I even had a driver flip me and my two toddlers off while we were in the crosswalk by Runcible Spoon when I began to frantically wave at him to stop. Fortunately we were in the opposite lane but still, I just can't understand people's blatant disregard to pedestrian crossings. I really hope the person hit today is ok and makes a full recovery. Maybe this will be a wake up call to drivers to be more careful and local officials to examine the marking and signage near crosswalks in the village. Reactive measures may help but I think the problem lies with our driver education in this country. Case and point- refer to the NYS DMV driver manual Ch. 11. There is only ONE ambiguous sentence discussing pedestrian right of way when legally crossing at intersections. No mention of right of way in a crosswalk.
Pat August 01, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Was the car badly damaged?
Alan D. August 01, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Why are the yield to pedestrian crosswalk signs always on the side of the road? Why are they not in the middle of the road like other towns?
HB August 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Not at all although the driver looked "traumatized."
nyackagain August 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Kudos to the volunteers from Nyack Ambulance for their quick response and treatment.
Carrie brentwood August 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Who goes to Nyack anymore ? It is as big a dump as Spring Valley !
nyackagain August 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
@ Carrie...what does your ignorant statement have to do with this article ?
Vincent F August 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Does anyone know who the driver was?
John Gromada August 01, 2012 at 08:47 PM
maybe you should stop reading nyack patch if you don't like Nyack. Better yet just stay in Nanuet-- that's a much better place than yucky Nyack.
aas August 02, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I like it when the police actually watch people not yield to pedestrians and do absolutely nothing... Happened to me twice.
John Patrick Schutz August 02, 2012 at 12:29 PM
First of all, this is awful for the woman who was hit. And yes, drivers frequently are not paying attention, or even when they do, they refuse to yield right-of-way. However, many of our pedestrians are laboring under false assumptions regarding "right of way" and "crosswalks". If you read the actual state law, you will be surprised - a motorist must stop or SLOW DOWN if there is a pedestrian in the crosswalk on the motorist's side of the street only! No obligation for the other side, and realize that an electronic traffic control device (i.e. Traffic Light) supersedes any stripes on the pavement. If you have the Red Hand, you do not have the right of way. The statute continues making it just as illegal for a pedestrian to step into a crosswalk when a vehicle does not have the room to stop, and of course popping out from between 2 cars and crossing just anywhere is obviously illegal. We've got motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who ALL ignore the rules - sometimes all at once. The infractions are pretty evenly scattered among the groups. Awareness of the law, following safe traffic guidelines - that will prevent more tragedy in the future.
John Patrick Schutz August 02, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Oh, and by the way - I am not blaming the pedestrian, I have no info on just WHO might have been to blame here, if there is blame to be had at all - just pointing out that all manners of folk in Nyack are unaware of or misinterpret the actual laws...
Carrie brentwood August 03, 2012 at 07:34 PM
YACKAGAIN....nuttin', Honey !
Carrie brentwood August 03, 2012 at 07:37 PM
JOHN GROMADA....reading Nyack Patch enables me to follow the decay of what used to be a destination for many. Welcome to Piermont.
Mary Koshak August 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
You comments are not appreciated by those of us who love Nyack. Because the rest of Rockland comes to Nyack and causes problems don't blame Nyack. Stay in Piermont which has its own problems. PS This had nothing to do with the Poor person who was hit in a cross walk by a driver from New City. With your attitude you probably were thrown out of the Nyack establishments. Sour Grapes.
John Gromada August 03, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Carrie are you saying that Nyack is heading towards the decline seen in Piermont? I don't understand your post. Yes we have all seen what has happened to Piermont in the last 20 years- used to be a nice little mill town.
Carrie brentwood August 03, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Hey Mary...you got it !Been thrown out of all the drug infested clubs and just can't get over it. Instead of taking comments about a village so personally, why don't you work to clean up the place so you can feel a sense of pride ?
Carrie brentwood August 03, 2012 at 11:09 PM
JOHN G.......I don't see Piermont as a declining village. Drive through Nyack with an open mind and an objective eye and you will see decay, disrepair and dirt. Then, just for an extra treat, throw in the people who frequent the bars and crowd the sidewalks...not a pretty picture.
Coreen Kerr August 04, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Hi everyone I don't know how I started getting the Nyack-Piermont news I don't even know where the town is. That being said from what I've read it seems a nice place 2b I just wanna know why some people r knocking it. Every town/city/village has a "skid row" trust me in Vancouver, B.C. we have many area's that r run down due 2 age of buildings & new areas being built but I not going 2b knocking it. So let's lighten up eh? Take care all Coreen

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