Surveillance Video Captures Accident that Injured Six in Lakewood; Neighborhood Urges County to Step Up Improvements

Surveillance video obtained by TLS captured last night’s accident that left six people injured.

The video shows a vehicle making a left turn onto Ridge Avenue from County Line westbound, while another vehicle was traveling eastbound.

On Friday, there was an accident at the same intersection.

Area residents say the intersection has seen numerous accidents, which they blame on the fact that there is no turning light.

In a 2022 Ask The Mayor article, Mayor Coles stated that County is in the process of redesigning this intersection, but area residents say the County should “step up” the improvements to avoid further unnecessary accidents.

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  1. The person making a left turn should have waited for better clearance. The car that was travelling straight right through this intersection, why didn’t he slow down a little bit to avoid an accident. If he would of slowed down a little bit, the guy turning left would have made it.
    Just because that guy turning left, maybe it was illegal on his part, but still to avoid accident slow down, let him turn and yell at him later.
    May the Almighty send to all the injured a speedy recovery.

  2. I think the directions are the other way around from the way the article is written at now at 1:30pm. The car that turned too soon was traveling on County Line Eastbound – towards GSP and Brick is East – and got slammed by a car traveling on County Line Westbound.
    That’s not the main point of the story. Clarifying anyways for those confused.

  3. That accident definitely preventable by driver making turn jumped light by turning to soon. Other direction had right of way. Drivers are way too much of a rush!
    On another note driver that hit turning car was traveling way to fast to start at a light change. Again a driver traveling way to fast and in a rush.
    Rush + Rush = ACCIDENT!

    • I don’t think the driver going str8 was driving too fast from stationary at the light.
      It seems that he was traveling a good few hundred feet back at a reasonable speed so that when the light turned green he was able to continue and pick up quite a bit of speed
      You are correct that the turning car did not anticipate someone coming against him from other direction to be traveling that fast since the light had just changed.
      Unfortunate combination of factors contributed to this accident

  4. I sent a letter to ask the mayor a couple of years ago about the badly needed turning light and he responded that it’s being worked on. Hmmmm

  5. Yes, the car traveling straight should not have been going so fast, and the car turning left should have waited to make sure it had the all clear, but due to the angle of the street and a blocked view by opposing cars waiting to turn left, it is almost impossible to make that left turn without itching out almost into the direct line of opposing traffic to determine if the coast is clear before you make your left turn. A turning light at the intersection would certainly solve the problem at this dangerous intersection.

  6. A left turn signal will not work unless it’s a “protected left turn signal”. Hope and County Line has left turn signals and is the scene of many accidents and near misses. Pretty much every accident is caused by someone making a left turn onto Hope from County Line westbound and most times by both parties trying to beat the light instead of coming to a stop and waiting the infinitely long 30 seconds westbound or 55 seconds eastbound for the light to change. I’ve mentioned this many times but no one either at the local or county level appreciates the thought of helping save people from the chaos of this corner.

  7. Putting traffics lights all over Lakewood is not a solution. Soon there will be so many stop signs and traffic signals that walking will be more optimal than driving to get to point A to point B. The county officials do note care they’re probably laughing every time such request are made.

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