Hatzolah Paramedic Clipped by Swerving Vehicle Friday Night

hatz monoc tls A Hatzolah Paramedic walking home from Shul Friday night was struck by a swerving vehicle. Witnesses tell TLS the resident was walking with his children between the white line and trees on Ridge Avenue – being that there are no sidewalks on the 45 MPH road – when a vehicle swerved out of the lane.

The vehicle’s mirror struck the pedestrian’s shoulder, and the paramedic’s 5-year-old son was knocked to the ground from the impact of the victim knocking into him. The child was not injured, but the paramedic suffered a bruised shoulder. He declined medical attention.

A neighbor who heard the incident phoned police. The driver was issued a summons.

The road, which sees pedestrian traffic from hundreds of local residents, Bachurim and Public School students daily, is one of several roads recently approved for sidewalks. [TLS]

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  1. “They keep promising us sidewalks. Hello ?!!!!!………….” then why do i see everyone walking in the street when there are sidewalks????????

  2. This is why I have been saying this for years.


    The right shoulder is for disabled vehicles, pedestrians (when there is no sidewalk) and emergency vehicles.

    That means if the car in front of you is turning left, you MAY NOT go around him on the right shoulder. You MUST wait for him to turn, regardless of how “backed up” the traffic will get.

    I don’t know if that is what happened here, but there is a very good chance it is. This could have been a lot worse and the last thing you want to do is strike and kill someone walking on the shoulder because you were in too much of a rush to wait 30 seconds while the car in front of you turned left.

  3. To common sense
    Why do you think more laws is the answer?? You can’t legislate everything or you become a police state. Right now were heading that way fast.

  4. Where does it say someone was turning left ahead of this driver? For all we know they could have been playing with a phone. All it says was a ticket was issued to the driver. Why are we focused on this person’s religion. It doesn’t matter. Is the writer looking for sympathy? The article doesn’t state if the pedestrians were walking in to traffic or with traffic. All pedestrians should walk towards on coming traffic so you can react if the driver doesn’t. Hopefully you can see the danger ahead of you. In respect, you ride a bicycle with traffic so if you are hit you are thrown forward off the bike as opposed to going in to traffic and in to the windshield. And needless to say if your religion dictates what you wear, wear something reflective over it. It may save your life. This gentleman was very fortunate along with other members of his family. I wish him well.

  5. #3. Your right it shouldn’t. Matter who was walking along the road.point in fact if your going to walk in the dark carry a flashlight or illuminating piece of clothing.
    Anyone can be run over.

  6. I live outside Westgate and every Shabbas we see tons of people walking right in the middle of the street coming out of Westgate.(kids & adults) Many times cars even have to swerve in order to avoid these people since they don’t even move over for the car. It Might Be Shabbas For Us But Not Everyone Who Drives Through This Town.

  7. was thinking the same as to why no one utilizes the sidewalks in town and came to the conclusion that the sidewalks are to narrow , in Brooklyn you can walk comfortable 2 adults side by side in Lakewood you cant .

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