Two Children Struck While Crossing River Road

A driver turning left onto River Road from Berdan Avenue struck two middle schoolers walking home from school Thursday, a crossing guard said.

Two Memorial Middle School students were struck by a car while crossing River Road on their walk home from class Thursday, a crossing guard who witnessed the accident said.

The girls, ages 11 and 12, were crossing with the light and inside the crosswalk when a car turning left from Berdan Avenue onto River Road struck both of them in the rear, sending one of the girls flying into the air, crossing guard Mel Schultz said.

The driver, who said she never saw the kids, immediately stopped her vehicle and got out of the car to tend to the children, who were both knocked to the ground, Schultz said.

The girls were shaken up and crying, but did not appear to suffer any serious injuries and walked away from the accident. Officer Timothy Franco, who responded to the call, said the girls complained primarily of leg pain.

Franco declined to comment any further on the accident until he completed his investigation.

Schultz, who was on the side of the street caddy corner to the girls when they were struck, said it was the first time in his 12 years as a crossing guard that he'd seen a child struck by a car. He speculated that the bright glare from the sun shining in the driver's eye may have prevented her from seeing the children.


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Deleted because of harassment February 16, 2013 at 04:05 AM
Where is this ticketing blitz happening? Cause I can think of several places where it is needed.
Squirrel Head February 16, 2013 at 04:29 AM
That's your version of common sense? The kids should cross yet another street because the person paid to help them cross the street they need to cross is incompetent? Brilliant. Maybe they should walk to the next closest light, at Morlot, and cross there and walk all the way back. That's safer too, right? We wouldn't want the guard to have to do his job and cross the kids safely at all four corners. The "aged borough employee" shouldn't exert himself to simply cross the kids. In your words, that would be akin to working as "a slave to cater to their whims". A slave? Because he has to get the kids across the street safely? What the hell are you even talking about? He's a slave because he has to cross the kids? In your scenario, where the kids should cross where the guard is: Where should they cross when the guard is sitting in his car in the parking lot of the old bank? I have personally witnessed this, and so have others on here. Maybe they should walk in circles in the parking lot. After all, it's safer. The guard is there. And why do you keep bringing up parking tickets? I, and several posters on here have issue with the guard and no issue with the police. One raised the point that while our kids were getting struck by cars parents were getting "No Standing" tickets. So what? Why do you completely change the subject and try to steer the issue away from the accident? I do hope your "government job" doesn't require any sense.
Kim February 16, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Just read the article again. The car was turning left onto River from Berdan and struck the girls from behind which means the girls were crossing in the crosswalk on the RIGHT side of the street like their parents taught them where the paid employee should have been on patrol Since he sits in his car on that side in the former BAM parking lot. If he was doing his job and was out in the street slave catering to their whim maybe he would have been hit or this entire scenario could have been prevented. But since the kids, driver and anyone who disagrees is an entitled resident of Fair Lawn it seems as though this girls deserved this. Keep up the good work. Ill pass on crossing guard and will apply to Head Traffic Division Supervisor when it becomes available since this guy should have been fired yesterday.
Michael Agosta February 16, 2013 at 08:00 PM
THE DRIVER WAS THE VICTIM! She should sue: The girls--because they crossed the path of her car The crossing guard--because of his job title All the other drivers--because they shouldn't have been there when she was turning Tim Franco--just because The sun--for causing the glare
BellairBerdan February 16, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Squirrel Head I see you're getting a bit hysterical now. I bring up parking tickets because Kim initially mentioned the issue. If you are concerned about keeping on topic, why do you bring up what my profession may or not be? Would it be because if I was a govt. employee somehow I would be less than you and therefore work for you? I realize you'll never get this but if the children walked from Memorial down the other side of the street on Berdan they would cross one intersection, at 4th, to get to River Road on the side where a crossing guard has been stationed for OVER 50 YEARS. Walking on the other side they cross 6 intersections. From what I see the average age of crossing guards seems to be about 60-70. Now if you feel entitled to let your kids take 5 more chances at getting hit by a car and make old people run across 6 lanes of traffic then you not only lack common sense you lack compassion. BTW what happens when children are coming from Forrest at the same time? Who does he pick to cross? He could cross both together if they were on the same side. Do you want the guard to cross 3 lanes of traffic against the light to get to those kids walking on the other side of Berdan? Or better yet why don't you just take some responsibility and teach your children the smart thing to do?
Kim February 18, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Bellair Berdan are u educated? Read the article AGAIN. the kids did cross on the correct side. The guard was probably standing/sitting there as usual, as he made a statement that he witnessed the accident. the girls probably crossed themselves like they always do. Had the guard walked into the intersection put up his STOP SIGN to cross these kids the car would not have turned. But you can assume that since the guard didnt move LIKE ALWAYS the car turned. Stop commenting already if your re-read the article you'll clearly see where these kids were crossing which was on the correct side of the street. If this guy can't handle crossing kids at this intersection, since its clearly a high traffic area with kids from multiple schools and cars, he needs to get off the post. And PS your friend brought up your government job and as u fail to read the article and contine to rant about nonsense I'm sure your good at what you do, just like the crossing guard.
Squirrel Head February 18, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Bellair: You're right. ALL of our kids should cross on a certain corner because the guards are too old to cross them at any corner. And if they're hit by a car while crossing with the light it's at least partly their fault, and their parents' fault. That's what you're saying, I'm not making that up. In fact, I COULDN'T make up the fact someone said that, it would be an insult to a person with even average intelligence. You ask if I feel "entitled" to let my kids take 5 more chances at getting hit by a car and make old people run across 6 lanes of traffic. I ask you, "What does that even mean?" Do I feel entitled to let my kids take chances at getting hit by a car? If you can re-phrase that and try to make it intelligible I'll answer that for you. In the meantime, I have some questions for you: Do you know what "entitled" means? Do you know what "hysterical" means? Do you know how to count lanes of traffic? You ask: "BTW what happens when children are coming from Forrest at the same time? Who does he pick to cross?" For this, I have an answer for you: He crosses neither when he's sitting in his car. You also ask: "Would it be because if I was a govt. employee somehow I would be less than you and therefore work for you?" Where does that come from? I sense some serious self-esteem issues. You may or may not be less than me but your job has little to do with it.
BellairBerdan February 18, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Kim, I am educated. Thank you for caring. The article states the guard was caddy corner / diagonally from the kids crossing. How do you explain this if we take your word he never gets out of his car parked in the old bank parking lot and they crossed on the same side of the street? I still think you'd make a great crossing guard and should apply for the job. You are neglecting the children if you don't. It's your calling. I can tell.
BellairBerdan February 18, 2013 at 01:58 PM
Squirrel Head you obviously have a comprehension problem. You as a parent have a choice of telling your kids to walk on a side of the street that crosses 6 intersections or one. If you pick 6 you're not very bright. Of course in your mind there is no trying to help a person do their job easier, no matter how old they are. They work for you, darnit! It makes no matter to you where a guard has been standing for OVER 50 YEARS.
Kim February 18, 2013 at 02:44 PM
That's all you pick up from that article is that he was caddy corner? READ ALL STATEMENTS in the article. That statement obviously came from the crossing guard, which in that case can only mean he must have been standing on the corner near Joy Dental, which would put him off his post on work time, since according to you he is not paid to work that side. If they were coming from Memorial, hit from behind, as the car was making a left onto River from Berdan, these kids were crossing on the RIGHT side of the crosswalk where the guard SHOULD have been standing. You really don't need that much education or commen sense to read what's printed and replay how the accident happened. Your constant comments about nonsense are making Michael Agosta seem like a genius.
I know what she did last summer February 18, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Of course BellairBerdan aka "CC" is educated, or at least indoctrinated. Its a job requirement for all school administrators in NJ.
Squirrel Head February 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Once again, you deflect and resort to name calling, because your argument is specious. What matters to me is two girls were hit by a car despite crossing with the light at a corner where there is a crossing guard, who has a tendency to sit in his car when he's supposed to be working (which you never addressed -- and I have a comprehension problem?). That's all there is to it, no matter how you try to spin and deflect. And if he really did work for me he would have been fired long ago. Try to argue your point without resorting to name-calling and conjecture, your opinion might merit some respect. Right now it doesn't.
BellairBerdan February 18, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Squirrel Head, I do apologize if you think I have been calling you names after all your comments to me have been so kind. I only question your comprehension because I have already told you twice who I thought was to blame: the driver. Oddly enough this is someone who you never mention at all. Why is that? Can you also tell me why you believe teaching your children to walk down the side of the street that makes then cross traffic 6 times is a wiser decision than down the side where they cross once?
BellairBerdan February 18, 2013 at 04:26 PM
I think you're making stuff up and jumping to conclusions Kim. Does he sit in his car at BOA all the time or does he stand at Joy Dental? Which is it? Why aren't you putting any blame on the driver?
Westminster February 18, 2013 at 04:44 PM
BellairBerdan aka "CC", we know your children won't have to cross that intersection, but don't some of your students at work have to cross a major state highway? Have you complained to anyone about the lack of a crossing guard there?
Squirrel Head February 18, 2013 at 04:54 PM
I do blame the driver. The driver was turning with the light, and she had the sun in her face, so there may be some leeway, but she is to blame, no doubt. I though that was a given. Pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way. But I also blame the guard, who has no excuse, except in your world, where the girls are on the "wrong" corner. You feel the girls, and their parents, should share blame. That's mindless to me. By the way, do you have a list of the right and wrong corners for every street where there's a guard? And which corner is the "right" corner when the guard is in his car? Still wonder about that. I never said crossing six streets is wiser than crossing once. I DON'T believe that. That's in your head. You seem to create theories in your head and apply them to others (I care where you work, I don't teach my kids where to cross, I'm entitled, I think crossing six lane is better than one or whatever, etc.). The point is this: I believe the guard should cross the kids when they appear at the corner, regardless of which corner they're on. That's it. If he's too old to do it, if he feels he's enslaved because of it, then he shouldn't do it. And when kids get hit by a car crossing with the light on a corner where there is a crossing guard, you have to expect that he -- not the parents or the kids themselves -- has to share some of the blame.
Kim February 18, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Now why would CC do that. According to her it's irrelevant if a crossing guard is manning a post. It's up to parents to teach their kids the proper way to cross the street, highways included. And if River Road is to much to handle what makes you think a crossing guard can handle crossing kids across a highway. I say good move to that district once less dummy collecting a check
BellairBerdan February 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM
You're right Kim. It is up to a parent to teach their child how to cross the street safely. I'm surprised you think otherwise. You and Squirrel Head can remain stubborn though and expect everyone else to take the responsibility of parenting off your back.
Kim February 19, 2013 at 03:26 AM
I find it quite amusing how you keep making personal digs against Me and the Squirrel. It amazes me how I have re-posted the scenario which is printed above and you keep resorting to personal attacks. I just quoted what you stated during your numerous rants and instead of owning it u question my parenting. I know the parent I am and fluffing off responsibility is definitely not me. All government employees like yourself should put as much effort into your day jobs like you do here posting nonsense on the Patch. I hope that the next accident that happens on River Road and even in your district is not that serious bc the defense of parents teaching their kids which side of the intersection to cross is not gonna fly but I can bet where was the paid employee of the borough who was working at the time of accident happened will be the first question asked. Be well
Squirrel Head February 19, 2013 at 03:43 AM
And you're right, it was clearly the fault of the girls' parents. The driver should sue them, as should the guard, for making him get out of his car and tend to them. God bless the ignorant.
Kim February 19, 2013 at 04:10 AM
I just saw your other comment. I frequent his post every morning and afternoon. He is ALWAYS in his car in the Bank lot. Since your such a great detective i suggest you monitor this corner and interview the kids that walk this way to and from school everyday. I stated Joy Dental bc the article ( and picture above) state he was caddy corner to where the girls had crossed. If u look at the above picture he's crossing back over towards the bank lot. According to your previous posts he's not authorized to be on that side (Joy Dental) as he just mans the side from BOA and 711 as has every guard for the last 50 years. It's obvious they crossed on the right side of the intersection bc the girls were hit from behind as they crossed and the car was turning left onto River from Berdan. AGAIN if the guard happened to be on his post and had stepped into the intersection to direct the traffic and assist these girls across the street this accident should never have happened. But with the guard NOT doing his job the car assumed it had the right of way. And the poor kids just crossed as they probably do everyday by themselves. For someone who is educated, indoctrinated and an administrator you would think that you would be able to read the facts which are in black and white and understand them. But u continue to twist words and personally attack which I guess is par for the course for some government employees
JP Marin February 19, 2013 at 12:49 PM
CC is not an administrator, she is a history teacher. My nephew is in her class and is convinced she knows more about UMD history than American history
BellairBerdan February 19, 2013 at 02:37 PM
You keep bringing up what you think my profession is. You really do think every government worker is your personal slave and should succumb to your demands, don't you? Don't work within the system, demand the system work for you, right?
Kim February 19, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Your friend brought up your job and credentials not me. I really could care less. Government employees by no means are my salve or anyone else's. they should just do the job they are paid to do, like any other person who has a job, but some make a bad name for the rest I am truly done with this nonsense and agree with Squirrelhead. I hope the driver and crossing guard sue these kids parents.
BellairBerdan's Number February 20, 2013 at 01:09 AM
BellairBerdan, CC is not short for Come Clean. Its your initials, we definitively know who you are. Why not just come out of the closet? Democrats are usually okay with that sort of thing.....
BellairBerdan February 20, 2013 at 02:36 AM
LOL do you mean "we" your multiple one comment accounts? I've been a crossing guard, friend of a crossing guard, school administrator, government employee and history teacher in this thread alone. I think what you know is even less than Kim and Squirrel, if that's possible.
CC February 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM
There are four of us. One ran with early theory which was close but wrong. But we did nail the CC info fairly quickly. Social media and web links outted you. We'll stop posting as soon as you acknolodge "CC" publicly.
Squirrel Head February 20, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I don't know who you are, but I know what you are.
L March 07, 2013 at 08:14 PM
You didn't see people in the morning or evening going 90 miles a hr to drop off or pick - up there kids. They deserve the tickets. Berdan is a raceway.going to the jr.hs.
Kim March 08, 2013 at 03:55 AM
I would just like to say that it's unfortunate that it took two kids getting hit by a car to actually get this guy to do his job but He has been standing at his post and even on the opposite corner near Jot Dental actually crossing the kids. I would also like to add that as I was behind a vehicle which was turning onto River Road, in the same manner as the vehicle involved in this incident, the crossing guard actually stepped off the curb, lifted his sign and the vehicle STOPPED , to allow the children to cross safely. Hopefully he continues earning his pay.


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