UPDATE: Crossing Guard Struck at Morris Avenue and Elm Street

Crossing guard was taken to Morristown Medical Center.

Credit: Google maps
Credit: Google maps

According to Summit Police Lt. David Richel, the crossing guard who was struck by a car Wednesday morning is in stable condition, with minor injuries, and will be released from the hospital Thursday. 

The driver was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Richel said.

A crossing guard was struck by a car Wednesday morning at the intersection of Morris Avenue and Elm Street, police said.

Summit Police Capt. Steven Zagorski said a preliminary investigation indicates the crossing guard was stepping out on to Morris Avenue to stop traffic when she was struck by a car traveling east on Morris Avenue. She taken to Morristown Medical Center and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police were notified at 8:06 a.m.. 

The driver remained at the scene and the investigation is ongoing, Zagorski said. 

Patch will update this story as new information becomes available. 
Mary Dickey January 08, 2014 at 09:20 AM
When is Summit going to crack down on moving violations ? The frequency of these is a disgrace !
resident January 08, 2014 at 09:40 AM
It comes down to selfish people who think that it is more important to get where they are going or eg. park illegally on Summit ave in a snowstorm to pick up a pizza. In other states it is a violation to drive across the road if a pedestrian has not put his foot on the other side. I routinely see cars edge up and go the minute they "think" there is a crack where they can move. If other citizens call these drivers out the backlash is unbelievable... they all think they are entitled to do whatever they want whenever..absolutely zero awareness.
Exile on main st. January 08, 2014 at 05:25 PM
It's great that the town council can get all worked up over allowing helicopters to land at the hospital but no one seems too bothered by pedestrians getting hit by cars. I guess walkers need a wealthy man with a personal interest to bankroll the cause before it will get any attention.
Resident January 09, 2014 at 09:48 AM
It is pretty sad to hear about accidents occurring over and over again with no apparent solution to improve the safety of the residents in Summit. I have experienced similar tragedy while on the cross-walk in front of Lincoln Hubbard School when taking my kids home last year. My daughter, who was on the left side of me, was hit by a car turning left on Woodland while we were in the middle of the cross-walk. That has left a lasting scar on me and my kids who are simply terrified crossing streets in Summit since then. I am very sad to hear about this accident as it brought back bad memories. When will the people responsible for this city start to implement the necessary steps to reduce similar accidents in the future? How hard can it be to put an Overhead Crosswalk signs with blinking lights? Things get worse at night when one can barely see people crossing the narrow city streets. Summit is a very dangerous city for walkers and it shouldn't be. What a shame!
Ra Ha January 09, 2014 at 04:29 PM
1) Tell police to ENFORCE parents not stopping or standing on Oakland Place, and dropping off their cchild 2) SEND an email to parents not to drop off in the LCJSMS lot. Summit BOE needs to work on these issues NOW, or we will be reading about (another) child being hit by a car, instead of an adult.
Robin Lombardi January 09, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Our crossing guards put their lives at risk everyday to protect our children. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR CHILD and it could have been much worse. The Summit Council needs to work with the County to update the signs at this intersection so that they flash during school hours and when a pedestrian needs to cross. Better yet there could be a blinking yellow traffic light that could manually be turned red when a pedestrian needs to cross. However signs won't work if people don't obey the laws. SLOW DOWN AND PAY ATTENTION TO OTHERS especially the crossing guards and our children. The guards are not trying to impede your progress to your destination. They are there to save lives.
Deantown January 10, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Part and parcel -- and the tragic end result -- of a policy of vehicular benign neglect in Summit. To take just one example where Summit's policy appears to place greater emphasis on traffic management rather than pedestrian safety, why do so many Union County roads in Westfield and Springfield have posted speed limits of 25 to 35 miles per hour, while the moment one crosses onto Broad Street or Baltusrol Road or Orchard Street the speed limit immediately increases to 40 miles per hour? How is that a good idea and what end does it serve? To take another example, Springfield Police Dept. routinely enforce speed limits on Shunpike Rd. east of 78. But I've yet to see Summit P.D. enforce speed restrictions with a cruiser and a radar gun on Baltusrol, Broad or Orchard. The 25mph limit on Maple beside the middle school is routinely violated. If only our elected town council thought pedestrian safety -- and encouraging a more walkable city -- were half as important as building another parking garage behind the post office or blocking a hospital's proposed helipad.
famesummitnj January 10, 2014 at 08:51 AM
we need to inform the walkers who wear dark colors to put reflecting lights or some reflective strips so drivers can see them-the same is true for children--use reflective tape on the backpacks or shoes...
Danny January 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM
What happened to our crossing guard is inexcusable. She was wearing a long yellow jacket and holding a big STOP sign in daylight. You can't make yourself more visible than that. The onus is on drivers to be more careful, slow down and pay attention to the road at all times. Thankfully she wasn't killed because someone was either not paying attention or in a needless hurry.
Exile on main st. January 10, 2014 at 02:00 PM
No, forget reflective tape (which how does that help pedestrians in broad daylight?) let's just ban kids from walking to school and people from walking around downtown. There should be a rule that if you can't get around in a massive black SUV you shouldn't be allowed to be in this town. And if families can't afford big black SUVs or choose not to buy one, well, that's their problem. This is Summit, where only the strong survive.
Cathy January 11, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Morris Ave is a death trap from that middle school cross walk to Summit Ave--and has been for the 10+ years I've been here. When will the police DO SOMETHING! I live right by this area and see people going SPEEDING through the light at Morris and Summit day after day after day. In fact, one day I was crossing at the school crossing and a car stopped while the one behind her careened into her. Another day I was crossing at Morris and Summit in the middle of the day and a car just about hit me and my dog--both of us wearing bright red coats. But--this is COMMON. Part of the problem is that there should be a green arrow for those coming from town on Summit Ave and turning left onto Morris. So many people do quick turns to make the light. Common sense, anyone?
Ra Ha January 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM
They ban dropping kids off on Morris, where at least they can walk on sidewalk to get to the front door. But they ignore people dropping off kids right at the parking lot entrance, pull in, drop off your child who has to navigate through cars, and then pull left immediately and get in line to leave.
Summit Dad too January 12, 2014 at 08:44 AM
The priorities of the town are a little out of whack. Why has the school board voted to build a beautiful atrium at Jefferson (how does that help the kids learn?) but refuses to even consider putting speed bumps along the roads where they walk to school. I'll tell you why...because speed bumps don't enhance their resumes. It's time for the residents to show up at the board meetings and fire everyone.
Robin Lombardi January 14, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Wanted to let everyone know that the crossing guard has several broken bones. She also works in the LCJSMS cafeteria doing food prep and as a cashier. This is a woman who has devoted many years to the service of our children. I know the students and teachers miss her beautiful and delicious salads, sandwiches, and muffins. Her colleagues wish her a speedy recovery and know that her family is doing their best to cope with this unfortunate event.
Elizabeth Alterman (Editor) January 14, 2014 at 06:48 PM
Hi Robin, thank you for this update.
Princess Valiant January 15, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Take a cue from Westfield where pedestrian/auto accidents are also a problem. They installed a switch that the ped can press to activate flashing lights in the roadway/crosswalk. It may not cure the problem everywhere but it will make the drivers more aware. Police must ticket, ticket, ticket, also.
Don Nelson January 17, 2014 at 08:21 PM
Traffic is a problem in Summit is only going to get worse. More building equals more traffic. Drivers need to be more responsible for their actions. The only ones that can change are the drivers..... think that'll happen? Engineering issues can address traffic issues but cost money, so what is the solution.....
MadNJ January 18, 2014 at 04:00 PM
I hope all who have posted call Captain Weck at 908-273-0051 to complain. Why cant Police out and vigilant at 7:00 or 7:30 AM when the kids are walking to school. I have suggested this and all you get is crying about being short staffed. Maybe Captain Weck and Lt Cantone need to better manage or get in a police car and write tickets too before more are injured or killed.
Matthew Minthorn January 21, 2014 at 05:05 AM
Summit parents should not be dropping kids off in the first place in front of the school. It clearly states that no kids should be dropped off in front of the school and yet they do it anyways. It's dangerous not only to the students and parents but everyone. They really should have police there or they need to post clearer signs. I would really hate to read about somebody getting hurt or killed.
Deantown January 21, 2014 at 07:16 AM
Alas pedestrian safety in Summit is not merely about school children. The problem is endemic because too few drivers yield to pedestrians in cross walks. The fact is that "traffic calming" measures do work because drivers have already slowed down by the time they see the pedestrian and are more apt to yield. For example, too few drivers yield to pedestrians at the Elm Street/Morris Avenue cross walk at the Middle School and Central Presbyterian because it's poorly marked, there's no traffic calming and they're already at high speed. (This, tragically, even applies to the mothers dropping off darlings at CPC pre-school -- and even in the CPC's own driveways! Why CPC can't encourage its own parents to be more alert is beyond me.) And yet, more traffic yields to pedestrians one block away at Elm and Broad. Why? Because of brick crosswalks, better signage that it's a pedestrian crosswalk, narrower roadway and, ironically, the parking that's allowed on Broad. Cars are going more slowly on Broad in front of the station and are more prepared to stop. Morris is like the Indy 500 at all hours -- and in desperate need of traffic calming. Drivers -- SLOW DOWN. ALWAYS YIELD. You're the one in a 2-3 ton vehicle.


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