Surveillance video captures accident on East 7th Street

The intersection has been the site of numerous accidents. Officials are

looking into different options to implement there.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. the van at the corner is parked legally or not? if yes then that spot should be blocked. if not then hes a partner to the crime. theres no sight lanes unless you look between that van and the building down the sidewalk which is a small window at best.

  2. I grew up on the block and there are accidents there every other day. Now that the new shul has cameras the public gets to see how bad it really is. The obvious question is, why hasn’t the township done something about this long ago? What are we waiting for?! If not a traffic light, atleast a 4way stop. This is redicoulous. I think this should be the next ask the mayor topic. Let’s not wait until R’l something fatal happens.

  3. very simple. When pulling out from Ridge (where the blue car came from) it’s IMPOSSIBLE to see past where that minivan is parked down 7th st. (towards Somerset). The “no parking here till corner” sign that’s in front of the minivan needs to include the entire gated area in front of the shul.
    and when cars with special excuses/permits park beyond the no parking sign closer to the corner, they create serious chances of accidents.

  4. Obviously the black chevy couldn’t see the coming because a car was turning right in front of him. Why did the car proceed? Just because you don’t see a car coming through cross traffic doesn’t mean no one is coming, first you need to be able to see with a clear view.

  5. Used to be the same situation at the corner of Seventh and Nowlan. Accidents came to a screeching halt and are now a rarity there after a four way stop was implemented.

  6. I agree with #10 Common Sense –

    Even tho’ the minivan parked on the side might have obstructed the driver’s view, that was only for the moment he glanced that way before proceeding to pull out from his stop sign. His mistake was in not waiting for the car turning from 7th to completely leave the intersection. He began driving forward while the turning car was obstructing his view, assuming it to be clear because he had most likely checked to the left a moment before the car turned.

    The problem here is that it is not safe to make that assumption, especially if you have TWO objects obstructing your view, a moving one and a stationary one. As a driver, YOU are responsible for making sure the coast is clear AT THE VERY MOMENT you begin to move. He should have waited till the moving obstruction was completely gone, then checked again – a stationary obstruction only blocks your view of oncoming traffic for 2-3 seconds until what was blocked begins to emerge into your perspective.

    Remember, WE as the driver are the responsible party to do all we can safely, despite those others who may be parked or speeding.

    I made a similar driving mistake years crossing Rt 9 at 10th street, I entered the intersection westbound while my view south was blocked by a turning car (same as this case), and was struck by a northbound car that had RAN THE RED LIGHT at 9th, which I would have seen if I waited again to do a clear check to my left. I had seen the light a block away turn left, assumed that all those cars would stop for it, and even knew there were no other cars coming north from anywhere in between. Meanwhile even tho’ that driver “caused” the accident by running the light at HER intersection, I was legally at fault cuz at MY intersection where the accident occurred, I was leaving a stop sign and she was technically already on the road, and I should have waited until I had a completely unobstructed view.

    Lesson learned.

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