Drivers urged to keep eyes on road as pedestrian accidents increase

Hampden County

Wednesday’s deadly accident in South Hadley puts a new focus on pedestrian safety.

An elderly man was struck and killed on College Street in South Hadley Wednesday morning. Pedestrian safety really comes down to drivers and pedestrians watching for one another.

On warm summer days, people and cars share the roads. And the combination of pedestrian and vehicle traffic can be dangerous and even deadly.

This was the case in South Hadley when an elderly South Hadley man was struck and killed by a car Wednesday morning. With multiple colleges and visitors in the area, Northampton is one of the busier cities in terms of traffic.

“I have stopped for about six pedestrians cross the street so far in my hour of driving around town people really need to be alert,” said Susan Garrahan.

Now when you use a crosswalk you do have the right of way but you can’t assume every driver sees you or will make a complete stop.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 350 Massachusetts residents die as a result of a motor vehicle crash every year.

“Watching here on the street what’s going on cars are passing and the kids are just walking out to the crosswalk without looking right or left and so on,” said Terry Cooper. “Crosswalk safety is key.”

If you walk along busy roads in the daylight, wear bright clothing, and at night wear reflective clothing that makes you hard not to see.

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