Family of Deceased 9W Cyclist to Talk Safety

Family of Janet Martinez, who died from injuries suffered when hit by a car, will speak with Orangetown officials

Janet Martinez, 53, of Pomona was hit by a sedan June 10 while riding her bicycle along Route 9W in Upper Grandview June 10. She died not long after the accident.

Members of her family and other Orangetown residents plan to speak at Orangetown Town Board meeting 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Orangetown Town Hall. They will call for a resolution asking the New York State Department of Transportation for a reduction of the speed limit on that part of 9W and to have more signs reminding motorists to share the road posted.

At last report, investigators with the  were asking anyone with more information about the incident to call 845-359-3700.

Many of the comments on Patch articles such as this one reporting about the accident focused on safety issues for bicycle riders in Route 9W.

Check back with Patch later for more on Tuesday's meeting. 

Kristina June 28, 2012 at 02:38 AM
In all due respect Willina, how about drive the FREAKIN SPEED LIMIT! We can only assume that if the driver of the car that KILLED MY MOTHER were doing the speed limit, my beautiful & wonderful mother might still be alive today! Instead WILLINA she is dead. At 53. Leaving me, my sister & her grandson here to mourn her TERRIBLY TRAGIC death. It is not illegal to bike ride on 9W. The driver was careless & irresponsible. My name is Kristina & my mother is Janet Martinez.
Kristina June 28, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Terry Ryst- My name is Kristina & my mother is Janet Martinez. She was struck & killed on 9W June 10th 2012. My mother had plenty of common sense when she choose to ride her bike that day. The DRIVER who was SPEEDING & struck & killed my innocent mother had no common sense. She claims not to have even seen her! Anyone who has riden a car on that road know that it is IMPOSSIBLE not to see a person on the side of the road. The area of the road where my mother was KILLED is straight. There are not turns. Or hills. Or distractions. The driver TERRY RYST1 was not using common sense. Please be careful with your posts.
mcccmar June 28, 2012 at 10:11 AM
the fact remains that cycling on 9w is a dangerous thing to do - it needs to stop for everyones safety - im not sure the bridge will go up anytime soon due to funding constraints - but a bike path and designated bike only lanes would help alot
Rob June 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
over in White plains they close the Bronx River Pkwy (or they did in the past) by the the City Center so people can ride walk whatever, I know 9w is a busy road but could that be done on the section in question? let's say Sundays early to mid mornings every other week, It' ll be like visitation rights for 2 divorced parents. All kidding aside I'm sure people on that part of 9w would not mind a few hours of no car traffic. A little give and take never hurts.
mcccmar June 28, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Possibly. Rob. I think the situation needs some cool headed analysis. Your ideas may be good ones


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