Pedestrian safety in crosswalks has been a major, often divisive, issue in recent years, especially following a series of tragic accidents in several communities.
Here is a partial list of the most serious incidents, as culled from Eagle archives:
May 28, 2012: Two Russian tourists were seriously injured after being struck in a crosswalk on Housatonic Street in Lee by a Canadian motorist. The pedestrians were taken to Berkshire Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The driver told police he never saw the two women in the downtown crosswalk. He was cited for failure to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Jan. 23, 2012: A New York state motorist
Dec. 2, 2009: A pedestrian was severely injured crossing Dalton Avenue in Pittsfield and died five days later. The driver was cited for motor vehicle homicide. The city already had stepped up crosswalk enforcement through a $7,500 state grant providing overtime for a six-month period to enforce pedestrian-crossing laws. Pittsfield Police Department crash data revealed a total of 39 pedestrian-related accidents in 2008, with similar totals by the end of 2009.
Dec. 20, 2008: Prominent
Nov. 4, 2006: A 66-year-old tourist from New Brunswick, Canada, was hit in a Housatonic Street crosswalk in Lee and died of his injuries three weeks later.
May 25, 2006: A 79-year-old Great Barrington woman was struck and killed instantly while carrying groceries in a South Main Street crosswalk.