Pedestrian Struck on Main Street in Chester Borough

Portion of roadway closed for two hours Saturday during investigation.

A 53-year-old Parsippany woman was injured after being a struck by a vehicle Saturday afternoon on Main Street, Chester Borough Police said.

The woman, whose identity was not immediately released, was transported by the Chester First Aid Squad to Morristown Medical Center for undisclosed injuries.

According to Chester Borough Police Sgt. Dave Jara, an 18-year-old female from Mendham was driving eastbound on Main Street when she struck the woman who was already in the crosswalk.

A preliminary investigation determined the driver was not impaired or using her cell phone at the time of the crash, Jara said.

Motor vehicle charges are pending the completion of the investigation, Jara said.

The crash, which occurred at about 1:30 p.m., closed Main Street between Hillside Road and Collis Lane for about two hours Saturday afternoon.

In addition to Chester Borough Police, the Chester Township Police and the Morris County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Section assisted at the scene.

Mark r January 27, 2013 at 06:13 PM
I believe those officers get paid overtime. And on top of that they have at least an additional 4 full time officers compared to Chester borough. The Chester Borough police do help with getting school buses out of the Bragg and Dickerson schools. I have seen them personally. You're missing the point that its about manpower. It comes down to the fact that more things are happening and the police are obviously becoming busier. I blame the elected officials who refuse to open their pockets to pay for things that are a necessity and not a wish or want! You can not be cheap on public safety that's the bottom line. They have some of the most antiquated equipment around. Its sad!! And yes I truly believe having flashing signs will help just like those radar things they attach to signs. It certainly gets my attention.
Mark r January 27, 2013 at 06:15 PM
And don't think for one second that pedestrians don't get hit in mendham. It wasn't to long ago where a council member struck a person in the kings parking lot. Explain that?
Mark r January 27, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Oh if I where on the force I would be writing all those people tickets. But yet I'm sure people will complain about that to if they start doing that
Janet Ellis January 27, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Mark -- Sorry, but you are not staying on the subject. Your suggestion that directing traffic puts the police in harms way was the reason for my comment. Don't misuse it, please, by referencing an event that happened in an uncontrolled crosswalk on private property, not on the street where the police direct traffic. Why are we "BLAMING" anyone other than the drivers of the vehicles? Can we deal with facts, not emotion? We are talking about looking for reasonable measures to help protect people's lives, be that some flashing signs or police presence or speed bumps, or whatever. We want downtown Chester to stay a lively center of commerce to maintain the town we love AND keep it a safe place to shop. The point is that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. A car does a lot of damage to the human body - at any speed. I am sure the victims of these crosswalk accidents would have liked any one of these measures to be in place.
Rose January 27, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Agreed something needs to be done. Signs that get knocked over sound more of an additional danger than not. It sounds as if there is a need for additional officers. I'm sure they are making an effort to address these incidents, remember those efforts need to be agreed upon by the council and or the safety committee. Sounds like it time to attend some meetings to be sure it's getting the appropriate attention. I'm sure these officers are afraid one of these days they are going to arrive to a loss of life which is not something anyone wants to see happen. It's time the mayor put his feelings aside and do what's right for the town. If they need manpower give it to them. Maybe cars shouldn't be parked on main st at all that would help to be able to see pedestrians and vehicles. There's a big issue to be addressed , all thoughts and ideas should be heard and a plan needs to take place ASAP.


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