New York driver cited after hitting elderly Holyoke man in Northampton crosswalk

Hampshire County

A 70-year-old Holyoke man suffered serious injuries Sunday night when a 62-year-old driver from New York hit him while in a crosswalk on Pleasant Street. 

Natasha Forbes, of Northampton, said the news didn’t shock her.

“Honestly, no,” Forbes said. “I’m not surprised. I don’t have a car so I, they don’t stop, they just go, so it happens a lot. When I first moved out here last December, it was good. But recently, they don’t even pay attention to you.”

Northampton Police Sargeant Josef Barszcz told 22News the victim suffered serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital. 

This was at least the third time in the last two months that a pedestrian has been hit while in a Northampton crosswalk. Just last month, a 15-year-old girl was hit crossing King Street, and another pedestrian was hit on Crafts Avenue. 

“Personally I have a hard time feeling safe sometimes, especially when I’m walking towards the quad when I’m walking home at night and it’s dark and there’s not a whole lot of light,” Uzma Malik, a first-year student at Smith College, told 22News. “It’s hard to tell how fast the cars are going and if they’re going to stop. I feel like I have to be extra careful, especially in the winter time.”

While some Northampton crosswalks have a corresponding traffic light that stops cars for pedestrians, others are just painted lines. 

Northampton Police said the man struck on Pleasant Street was able to leave the hospital on Monday, and the driver was issued a citation.

Police told 22News they are still looking into what led up to that accident.

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