Ridgefield – Pedestrian Struck by Car Dies

Ridgefield – Pedestrian Struck by Car Dies >

Date Published: 2020/02/20

A woman who was struck by a pickup truck outside the supermarket she worked in was declared brain dead Monday afternoon, February 17.

39 year-old Maria Gabriela Andino, a mother of two, was on the crosswalk at Shaler Boulevard and Banta Place early Saturday afternoon when she was struck by a Dodge Ram that was turning left from northbound Shaler Boulevard.

The driver who was in his mid 20s claim that he didn’t see the victim as he was turning.

Andino was rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center with critical injuries. The doctors pronounced her brain dead at 5:25 p.m. Monday.

Police investigation is ongoing.

We would like to send our condolences to the family of the deceased. We hope they can move forward and bounce back from this tragic accident.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are one of the most fatal types of crashes that happen on the roadways of New Jersey. In a report compiled by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit says that in 2017, there were a total of 179 pedestrian crashes which resulted in 35 injuries and 183 fatalities. 91 of these fatalities happened because the pedestrian was crossing at a prohibited area, and 40 fatal crashes happened while the pedestrian was crossing at a marked crosswalk.

New Jersey law states that a driver of a vehicle must stop and stay stopped for a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk, but shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except at crosswalks when the movement of traffic is being regulated by police officers or traffic control signals. Pedestrians must also obey pedestrian signals and use crosswalks at signalized intersections. Drivers and pedestrians who fail to follow these laws may face a hefty fine.

We urge drivers and pedestrians alike to observe and follow laws so that the roadways can be safer for everyone.

Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers
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