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Pedestrian Struck on Main Street Near SV Manor

The female Hellertown pedestrian reportedly suffered a head injury.

A female pedestrian was struck by a car on Main Street near Saucon Valley Manor shortly after 9 Friday night, according to police radio reports cited by the Morning Call.

Freezing rain was falling on parts of the area at the time of the accident, although it was not clear if that was a contributing factor.

The Morning Call reported that the pedestrian was temporarily trapped under the car that struck her, and that she was taken to St. Luke's University Hospital for treatment of a head injury after being freed.

Photo: Saucon Valley Manor, 1050 Main St., Hellertown (Patch file photo)
charles hampton January 11, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Josh, do you know if the pedestrian was in the crosswalk?
Josh Popichak (Editor) January 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I don't have any information about whether she was in the crosswalk or not. If I get additional info., I'll update the story.
Angie Drake January 11, 2014 at 03:52 PM
There is no crosswolk for pedestrians there at the Manor, you have to go down to either of the cross streets, quite a ways down. And people go very fast on Rt. 412 along that stretch. I have had great difficulty crossing to the Manor. Sure wish there was a crosswalk right there....and betting others feel the same.
Valerie Platt London January 11, 2014 at 08:16 PM
This seems to happen alot in that area. Maybe Hellertown should invest in one of those flashing pedestrian cross walk signs.
Mean Mom January 12, 2014 at 07:25 AM
I am surprised more people aren't being run down. I stop for every pedestrian trying to cross the road and sometimes, most of the time, along 412, ignorant in a hurry people don't stop. Ever. They pass you on the side as your stopped.
Gerry Kranz January 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Trying to cross the street at that part of 412 would be just as dangerous with a cross-walk. That point of the road is at the crest of a hill, so traffic going both directions have limited visibility on what is on the other side of the hill. Because it is the LAW, I stop for every pedestrian IN the cross-walk. Stopping your car to allow someone waiting to cross is polite, but not the law. People crossing where there is no cross-walk are taking their chances.
Angie Drake January 12, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Well, if they were not speeding along there and/or talking on their cell phones, maybe they would notice pedestrians. The crosswalks that are on 412 are not particularly at places where people cross, they are at intersections but just like down at McDonalds, they are not at the common places wheere pedestrians cross regularly.
LSNative January 13, 2014 at 08:09 AM
Crosswalks are placed where the Borough deems it safe for pedestrians to cross. The reason there is not a crosswalk at the Manor is because the Borough has deemed it unsafe. As Gerry points out, as 412 crests right there - it is very difficult to see (which is why there is no crosswalk). The true problem is pedestrians feels that they can just walk out into the street and that a crosswalk will somehow protect them from 4,000lbs of steel coming down the road. And the assumptions about speeding and cell phones are irrelevant. There have been no facts released to support that the driver was negligent. I also disagree that people speed on 412, as the volume of traffic just doesn't allow it. I also constantly see people blindly walk out into the street (in a crosswalk) as if they are entitled and that all vehicle traffic should immediately stop. That's not the way it works people. Last time I checked, the law still requires that the pedestrian cross the street when it is safe - and the burden is still on the pedestrian, not the driver. Couldn't we all just chalk this up to what it really is - an unfortunate accident? And hope that the victim will recover?
VoicesCarry January 13, 2014 at 08:13 AM
I have been almost hit twice on Main Street while in the cross walk at one of the major intersections with the light turned red and having the right of way (little dude walking sign posted) - Each time it is because people were turning onto Main Street and not paying attention. I admit there are a few crosswalks down by Main Street Gym/Britts that it is difficult to see someone standing in the crosswalk due to parked cars and I have not seen folks standing there to be able to stop in time-- and I feel badly that I couldn't let them go. But if I can see you and you are in the crosswalk I will stop for sure- I know what it feels like-- no one stops by the crosswalks by Bravehearts or at Adams Plumbing - and I am 100 % visible in the crosswalk. It's very concerning and I hope the town realizes there is a problem and comes up with a way to address the entire cross walk situation.
VoicesCarry January 13, 2014 at 08:17 AM
As well I witness people speeding on Main Street all the time.
charles hampton January 13, 2014 at 09:56 AM
There have been no facts released either, of whether the pedestrian was indeed in the crosswalk. The initial report was that it happened "near" the Saucon Valley Manor, so most of the comments above are based on assumptions, and the local tradition that pedestrians have no rights.
Barbara Bickle January 14, 2014 at 02:05 AM
Cross walks are at intersections because that is where they belong by law otherwise it is called J walking. 412 is a state road that leads to an interstate and a lot of people that have moved to Hellertown in the recent years have done so because of that convenience, but these roads bring traffic and not necessarily local traffic. One must be careful when crossing the road whether there is a cross walk or not.
VoicesCarry January 14, 2014 at 07:36 AM
Agreed. As far as I know it's the law to yield to a pedestrian who is in a cross walk. That doesnt give the pedestrian the right to just dart out into traffic while in the cross walk. I would shop in town more if the parking was better and if when I have to park father away it was safer and not such a pain to cross the street.
Walter January 15, 2014 at 08:02 AM
With the amount of traffic on Rt. 412, this really can't be done. § 3542. Right-of-way of pedestrians in crosswalks. (b) Exercise of care by pedestrian.--No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute a hazard.
LSNative January 15, 2014 at 08:22 AM
@charles hampton - "the local tradition that pedestrians have no rights." This made me chuckle. Of course they have rights. And with rights come responsibilities. Like the responsibility to ensure that you are not walking out into the path of a 4,000 pound projectile traveling at 30 mph. You have the responsibility to ensure that it is actually safe to cross the street (crosswalk or not). Just this morning I had a close call with someone who darted out between parked cars. I wonder how many were even aware of the statute that Walter cited before his doing so. Yea, all you walkers out there, it is AGAINST the law to leave a place of safety and impede or enter the path of a moving vehicle. The fact that there are some white lines painted on the asphalt has no bearing. The crosswalk is simply to alert drivers that that specific location is where pedestrians are most likely to be crossing the street. It does not mean that you can run out without any regard to what is going on around you because you are in a "safe zone".

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