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Summonses Expected For Driver Who Hit Girl, Dad

A driver hit the girl and her father while they were crossing Fair Lawn Avenue at Abbott Road Wednesday evening.

Fair Lawn Police. File photo.
Fair Lawn Police. File photo.
A 10-year-old girl and her 35-year-old dad were hospitalized after being hit by a minivan on Fair Lawn Avenue Wednesday evening, according to Fair Lawn Police Sgt. Brian Metzler.

The collision occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. when the pair were crossing the street at Abbott Road and the driver was traveling eastbound on Fair Lawn Avenue. The girl and the man were both sent to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Metzler said.

Summonses were pending for the 50-year-old driver, he said.

Pedestrian safety has been an ongoing concern in Fair Lawn. Local students recently distributed reflective safety tags to commuters at the Radburn Station and several upcoming projects, including some on Fair Lawn Avenue, are designed to make it safer to cross the street.
Concerned Dude January 16, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Everyone needs to look both ways and cross defensively. There are too many idiots who should not be driving out there. Take a look at where this happened (https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d-74.118282!3d40.939894!2m2!1f239.7!2f79.07!4f75!2m12!1e1!2m7!1slJWuiijTULirfmk0PGYO6Q!2e0!5sFair+Lawn+Avenue!6f598.4312!8s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fcb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile%26output%3Dthumbnail%26thumb%3D2%26panoid%3DlJWuiijTULirfmk0PGYO6Q%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D339%26pitch%3D0%26ll%3D40.939894%2C-74.118281!9m1!6sFair+Lawn+Avenue!5m2!1slJWuiijTULirfmk0PGYO6Q!2e0&fid=5) You can see there are crosswalks and yield signs all around. And Janice, although no one was killed, people were injured.
Parker Talman January 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
I happen to know the girl. My best wishes go out to her and her father
jim January 17, 2014 at 07:29 AM
my thoughts and prayers go to this kid and family. it is sad that it is common to see an article about someone getting hit by a car on fair lawn ave. the only solution is for our police to be more aggressive. during rush hour there should be multiple police along fair lawn ave. if someone is speeding even slightly give them a ticket that is the only thing that will prevent them from doing it in the future. if someone does not yield for a pedestrian pull them over as well. if commuters see drivers see cops taking action it will prevent them from doing it in the future. i also agree with most interesting, pedestrians must be a lot more careful when crossing, do not assume someone is going to let you cross just because there is a cross walk. sometimes a driver will not see the person with enough time to come to a complete stop. personally i do not cross unless there is no cars in site or if a car comes to a complete stop and waves me on to cross.
Go Figure January 18, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Janice: You blame the police for dragging your real name through the papers? The police have no say in what gets printed and the news outlets and people in general are given the right to that information by LAW. You are blaming the wrong people for your good name being dragged through the news for breaking the law.
Elyse Cohen February 05, 2014 at 08:42 AM
too many drivers are going over speed limits on fair lawn ave

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